H I S T O R Y
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1731 Seminole was designed by world-renowned
architect C. Howard Crane, best remembered for his design of grand
theatres including Detroit’s Fox Theatre and Orchestra Hall.
The home was built in 1914
for Ralph Phelps, a prominent attorney of the time.
In 1886 Phelps had become
Wayne County Treasurer and later in life he was vice-president and
director of the Home Savings Bank, which may explain the need for a
Herring-Hall-Marvin walk-in safe.
Another prominent owner of
the home was Oscar-nominated actress
Harding was a movie starlet in the silent film
is probably best known for
co-starring with Gregory Peck in the classic 1956 Hollywood film
The Man in
the Gray Flannel Suit.
Presently the home is owned
by Grammy Award-winning recording artist
White moved to the home in
2003. He not only performs with
The White Stripes and
The Raconteurs, but is a
Grammy Award-winner for producing
Loretta Lynn's album "Van Lear Rose."
Featured throughout the
home is Pewabic Tile, created in Detroit at the height of the Arts & Crafts movement
Pewabic works can be seen
throughout the United States in such places as the National Shrine of the
Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., the Nebraska State Capitol, the
Science Building at Rice University in Houston, and the Herald Square
installation commissioned by the New York Metro Transit Authority.
The Pewabic Pottery building still stands
today, the original building — located just North of Seminole Street on
Jefferson Avenue — now serves as non-profit ceramic art education center
and welcomes 70,000 visitors each year.
Humphrey Radiantfire Heater
Installed in the Master
Bedroom is a Humphrey Radiantfire heater.
Company started in the early 1900's as the General Gas Light Company in
Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 1916 they patented the Radiantfire gas heater,
which operated on natural gas — heating a set of ceramic inserts that
would glow and radiate heat into the room. Although now out of the home
heating industry, the company remains in business as Humphrey Products.
Historic Indian Village
Located on Burns, Iroquois and Seminole Streets between Jefferson and
Mack Avenues, Indian Village is over 100 years old and includes over 350
Also located in Indian Village is the
historic Detroit Waldorf School.
The Waldorf School delivers an unrivaled
education and is unique in that students learn in a natural,
experiential and age-appropriate manner.
Get Behind Me Satan
In February of 2005 the White Stripes recorded their critically-acclaimed Grammy
Behind Me Satan” in the home's Grand
Staircase and Foyer (a.k.a. Third Man Studios).
Three Degrees of Separation
Jack White can be linked
on the silver screen to
Ann Harding in only three degrees of separation:
Harding & Gregory Peck in "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit" (1956)
Peck and Donald Sutherland in "Terror in the Aisles" (1984)
Sutherland and Jack White in both "The Rosary Murders" (1987) and "Cold