With Jack White opening a Detroit branch of his popular Nashville record shop, Third Man Records, it's not impossible to imagine White once more making a home for himself in the Motor City. Or simply wishing he would, if only because White has paid to restore one great old Detroit home already, the house he lived in on Seminole Street in Indian Village, and if the pix don't lie, he does smart things with a renovation budget.
White, a Detroit native, bought the 4-Bedroom, 5-bath home in 2003, but sold it in 2007 to move to Nashville. If anything could keep a person in Detroit, it would have to be White's former Indian Village home. He lived in the massive Seminole Street home during some of the time he was married to Meg White. While still performing together as The White Stripes, the duo recorded their album Get Behind me Satan on the home's staircase, and it's considered a very strange recording, partly because of the stairs, partly because White used a marimba instead of guitar or piano.
Satan aside, the house has everything a preservationist might dream of, and White reportedly spend $200,000 restoring the home to showcase details like an original Herring-Hall-Marvin Walk-In Safe, de rigeur house-wide Pewabic tile, and (of course) grand staircase fit for recording sessions. White kept to a red-white-and black color scheme, which added style to, of all things, the very snazzy laundry room. With Third Man coming, and White's new partnership with Shinola, perhaps he'll rescue another great old Detroit house one of these days.
·Jack White Lists Detroit Home [Orchestra News]
·Fan Page for Jack White's Detroit House [Facebook]
·Jack White and Shinola Purchase Building [Forbes]
·1731 Seminole Street [Realtor.com]
·Get Behind Me Satan Released on Vinyl [Metro Times]