We’re showing off our family-friendly, elegant Detroit neighborhood once again, on Sunday, September 11, 2016, from 10 am to 5 pm. View six historic homes built in the 1920s, which feature original hardwood floors, stained glass and leaded glass windows, Pewabic or Flint Faience tile, twin staircases, crystal chandeliers, imposing fireplaces, and more. Each home is beautiful and many have unique layouts, cabinets, cubbyholes, and other architectural elements. Some have three stories. You’ll also hear some history of the neighborhood and about some of the prominent people who once lived in the homes. Gardens may also be on view.
The homes on tour, built from 1920 to 1936, are located on Birchcrest St, Parkside St., Wildemere St., and Muirland St. One of the homes was built by the Spoon Brothers, who were known for their opulent craftsmanship. Many of the homes have been renovated over the years, most often staying true to the character of the house while attempting to combine the past and the present.
The Birchcrest home features burgundy marble window sills, built-ins, Pewabic floor tile, and marble baseboards. One of the homes on Muirland had a kitchen fire in 1998 that led to discovery of an area that had been totally hidden; it is now renovated and in use. The Parkside home is a decorator’s dream, with a red room, a formal dining room, four bedrooms with Jack-and-Jill bathrooms, and an etched granite rendering of Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam. One of the Wildemere homes boasts a fountain, large aquarium, deck and koi pond.
Visitors will also see rhinestone cabinet handles, all types of stained glass, leaded glass, and recessed lighting, pendant lighting and sconce lighting, an original 6-ft x 7-ft wall mirror, 3rd floor spaces that originally were occupied by servants, and much more.
You can walk, drive yourself, or take our bus from home to home.
The University District neighborhood is located between 7 Mile, Woodward, McNichols, and Livernois. Registration and tour start at Gesu Church, 17180 Oak Drive, Detroit.
Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door.