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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
The upper level consists
of four large bedrooms, all of which feature tiled full bathrooms and
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.
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.
(description compliments of Kathy
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.