The Arts and Crafts movement harnessed skilled workers to make well-built homes out of humble materials for the American middle class. And there are few examples in Detroit more emblematic of that mission than a home that just hit the market between Boston-Edison and Highland Park.
The home on Lawrence Street was designed, appropriately, by Chicago-based architect Lawrence Buck in 1912. The exterior is attractive, but unassuming. The lower story is made of green-painted stucco and an extended pergola hangs over a nice entry porch.
But inside, the 2,487-square-foot, five-bedroom home has some jaw-dropping Arts and Crafts details. The literal and figurative centerpiece is its original inglenook fireplace scattered with Pewabic tiles. Off the dining room, you’ll find a sunroom with a stunning Pewabic-tile fountain featuring an elaborately carved lion’s head.
Nearly every room on the first floor is covered in original wood—whether it’s trim on the floor or around entryways and windows, batten molding in the dining room, coffered ceilings, wood paneling, and more. The home simply exudes warmth.
That said, it is a little rough around the edges. A renovation in the attic is unfinished. The kitchen, while perfectly functional, is dated. Some of the wood could use a refinishing. But it’s also gotten some updates in recent years, including a new roof and double pane windows.
638 Lawrence Street is listed for $175,000 with Toni Jennings of Abode Detroit.