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Owners of the Beaubien House, built in 1851, are looking for a commercial tenant to occupy the building

Exterior of a narrow three-story brick home. There are buildings on either side.
The Beaubien House.
Photos by Detroit Rising Development

There aren’t many homes in Detroit like the Beaubien House. Built in 1851, this Italianate townhome is stylistically unique and also only one of the oldest buildings still standing in Detroit.

Across from the Renaissance Center on East Jefferson Avenue, the three-story home was built for Charles J. Trombly on the site of an Antoine Beaubien ribbon farm. Germany-based Optima Larned LLC bought the building in 2015 for $419,500, according to city parcel data.

Now, Optima is looking for a commercial tenant for the house, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It most recently was used as coworking and office space for several businesses, but leasing agents Kyle Darcy of Assemble Space and Daniel Gallagher of Avison Young say that the building would ideally have a single tenant.

The 5,224-square-foot home has a beautiful brick exterior with French front doors, ornamental lintels above the windows, and wood corbels under the roofline. Inside, the first floor living room has maintained much of its old charm—there’s still some decorative crown molding, a ceiling medallion, and a fireplace (though we’re not sure if it’s original).

There’s office space on each of the three floors and two kitchenettes, and a little but pleasant courtyard at the back of the home.

The Beaubien House will be hosting an open house event for potential tenants and lovers of historic architecture alike on February 13 from 5-8 p.m. There will be complimentary valet and vendors will be selling Valentines Day products, like chocolates, flowers, and cards.

Check out some more photos of the historic home below.

The Beaubien House

553 East Jefferson Avenue, , MI 48226 Visit Website