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The Inn at 97 Winder reopens in Brush Park

The Second Empire mansion is ready for new guests

Built in 1876 for John Harvey, the 11,000-square-foot Second Empire home at 97 Winder is a standout in Brush Park.


It’s almost hard to believe this was once a single-family home. A grand staircase winds up to three floors and ten bedrooms, each with their own bathroom.

The house was on the market for years and sold late last year for $2,400,000. The sale included all furnishings. Now run by Access Hotels & Resorts, the new owners have done a few key updates since purchasing the property, including adding more modern art to the classic art collection from the previous owners.

It was owned for years and restored by Ghassan Yazbeck and Marilyn Nash-Yazbeck, who found it in 1986 in a dilapidated state. They poured over $1 million into the restoration, filled it with art and antiques, and opened it as the Inn at 97 Winder.

Updates include outfitting the rooms with TVs, wifi, and alarm clocks for the guests. Each bathroom has been renovated and upgraded. Bright modern artwork now stands on display among classic pieces throughout the bed and breakfast.

The Inn has ten very different rooms to choose from. They’ll also be adding a massage room for guests. Located just a block off of Woodward and close to I-75, the location is ideal for sports fans. The new owners are hoping to appeal to more bridal parties, and they’re working on updating the landscaping in the backyard, much like the garden parties held at the Whitney.

The new management has also tapped Chef James Gundy of the Red Dunn Kitchen at the Trumbull & Porter Hotel. Blue Star Catering can handle larger events like weddings or meetings. Guests can have breakfast every morning and snacks in the afternoon. Lunch and dinner is available to order, and the kitchen is open to use anytime.

Detroit’s been stepping up its hotel game recently, with the newly-open Foundation Hotel, and in 2018, the additions of the Shinola Hotel, the Element Hotel at the Metropolitan Building, and the Siren Hotel at the Wurlitzer Building.

The Inn at 97 Winder offers a different experience, with ornate furniture, eight marble fireplaces, incredible woodwork, impressive chandeliers, and beautiful fixtures architecture aficionados hope to find in a restored old mansion. For guests, there are various sitting rooms on the main level, an outdoor seating area, and a finished basement for event needs. Rooms run from $199 per night on weeknights up to $499 per night on weekends. Here’s more from around the mansion.

The interior of the Inn at 97 Winder in Detroit. There is a couch, arm chair, tables, chandelier, a large mirror, and floor to ceiling windows with drapes. Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

Inn at 97 Winder

97 Winder street, Detroit, MI 48201
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