One of Detroit’s oldest homes, and one of the few left in its style, is for sale. Though it’ll be a true labor of love to restore it.
This 1,400-square-foot home on Sixth Street has had quite a history. The current owner, a Corktown historian and preservationist, says the home dates all the way back to 1848. Though according to parcel maps, it was moved from its location near the Michigan Central Railway Tunnel to its current one around 1906. Many other homes in that area were demolished to make way for the tunnel.
There are only a handful of homes in the city still around from that time, and even fewer in its Greek Revival style, which is similar to the former residence of Ulysses S. Grant. It’s also next door to the Workers Row House, currently being restored, from the same time period.
But the home has been vacant for years and is in desperate need of restoration. All the exterior paint has worn off over time, leaving its wood siding exposed and potentially rotted. The roof has been covered with tarp and the windows boarded, which suggests water damage to the interior. Fortunately, while much of it has been gutted, lots of the original trim and woodwork have been saved.
There are a few other potential issues with the home. It’s part of a local historic district, which means its historic integrity must be preserved, and it’s bundled with an adjacent property, though the owner is currently working to separate the parcels.
Want to own and restore a truly unique piece of history? 1440 Sixth Street is listed for $149,995 with Joy Santiago Clark of Dwellings Unlimited.