I N F O R M A T I O N


“The age of specialists... when the wonder projects of the world are the handiwork of only a few masterminds... we find that the realm of theatrical architecture, too, is dominated by a handful of outstanding figures, among them C. Howard Crane.”

— from the Fox Theatre's opening program


 

Welcome to 1731 Seminole, a true jewel of Detroit that is rich in history and architectural design. This beautiful house, which has been home to several prominent Detroit residents, is now being offered for sale — the details of which can be found in the Contact section.

The early 20th-century center-entrance Colonial is nearly 6000 square feet of grand splendor and maintains its original character and charm. The stylish home is located in the heart of Detroit’s Historic Indian Village and features a dramatic Grand Foyer and Staircase with custom oak paneling, crown moldings and hardwood floors.

The first set of wide steps leads to a picturesque 16x18 landing, highlighted by the original hand-crafted oak banister and windows, all of which overlook the back garden. The banister winds it way up to the Second Floor Foyer, offering a striking view of the stairway and foyer below.

 

Main Floor

Immediately off the Grand Entrance Foyer, guests have easy access to the spacious, elegant Great Room with its inviting brick fireplace — complete with oak mantle and Pewabic floor tile. Other features of the room include wainscoting, crown molding, original hardwood floors and new Damask wall paper.

The equally impressive Formal Dining Room features an elegant old world medallion and dramatic chandelier, custom plaster valances and intricate crown moldings. Note the original HAND-PAINTED wallpaper, installed in 1914, that encompasses the entire room.

A Sunroom stretches the length of both the Great and Dining Rooms, and is accessible from either room for more flexibility while entertaining. The Sunroom offers wonderful natural sunlight and also exhibits the original Pewabic tile, with inviting French doors leading to the “Secret Garden.”

A richly-paneled Library/Study with fireplace and original, custom built-in shelving and cabinetry offers a private space for relaxation or an at-home workspace.

Across the hall from the library, the original installation of a Herring-Hall-Marvin Safe is cleverly concealed by the oak paneling.

A modern, highly-functional, Kitchen with cook-top center island has direct access to the Formal Dining Room through a fully-refurbished Butler's Pantry, which features the original oak Seeger/Frigidaire ice box and Servant's Stairs to the bedrooms above.

 

Second Floor

The upper level consists of four large bedrooms, all of which feature tiled full bathrooms and walk-in closets.

The Master Bedroom (hand-painted by Jack White) is accented with a prominent fireplace that houses an original “Humphrey Radiantfire” heater. The full bathroom displays the original Pewabic subway tile. The adjoining 13x12 room is a former Painter's Studio that has been transformed into a designer Dressing Room with custom installed, top-of-the-line cherry cabinets, racks, shelves, lighting and luxurious carpeting.

The Large Front Bedroom features a cushioned window settee that provides a glorious stream of natural light from two sides of the room. This room has plenty of closet space with built-in shelves, and also has access to the custom Dressing Room through its full bath.

A full three-room Rear Bedroom Suite was once reserved as servant’s quarters, and would make an ideal In-Law Suite.

Other second floor highlights include a 12x7 walk-in linen closet with original woodwork and hardware, and the Servant's Stairs leading down to the Kitchen.

Another Stairway leads to the 45x25 third-floor attic with eight-foot ceilings and an abundance of natural light from four dormer windows. This unfinished space is anchored solidly to the main structure with poured-concrete walls, an amazing architectural detail rarely seen in homes of the period.

 

Basement

The Basement was fully restored in 2005, with extensive plaster work to the ceilings, installation of plush new carpet and completely professionally painted. All electrical systems and corresponding breaker panels have been upgraded, and a complete overhaul of all the daylight window wells includes still more Pewabic Tile.

The basement offers a spacious area that was once used as a game room and another designed to be the ultimate workshop. Additional amenities include a completely new, custom-tiled half bath and a laundry room complete with high-end, commercial-grade front-loading washer and dryer.

 

Secret Garden

(description compliments of Kathy Impastato)

The Victorian-designed grounds encircling the home feature many varieties of trees, shrubs and perennials. A small walkway off the open patio at the rear of the house leads to a large “secret garden” courtyard with a Koi Pond in the center. 

A few stone benches beckon one to sit amidst the many flowering shrubs and trees throughout the garden where springtime is dotted with flowering perennials including many varieties of tulips. This area of the property is quite private and secluded giving one the feeling of an English country estate, and includes such flowering shrubs as several varieties of lilacs, Bradford pear, giant climbing coral trumpet vine bordered with beautiful fern, hydrangea, hostas and day lilies.

Several giant oak trees along with other old varieties bring out an historic ambiance to the property and provide an extraordinary abundance of shade to keep the home cool in the summer months.  A lovely yet colossal climbing rose bush hangs brimming with pink roses over the brick walled very near the entrance of the driveway, providing a very romantic view when entering the property.