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Moross House
Moross House Detroit MI.jpg
Location 1460 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Built 1855
Architect Christopher Moross
Architectural style Federal
NRHP reference No. 72000669
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Added to NRHP January 13, 1972

The Moross House is a house located at 1460 East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. It is one of the oldest surviving brick house in the city; it was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1971 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

History

The Moross House was built in 1840 by French brickmaker Christopher Moross; it was one of two homes built by him on the site. The Moross House is the oldest brick dwelling remaining in the city of Detroit. Ownership of the property changed hands several times, and included owner Colonel Freeman Norvell, son of US Senator John Norvell of Michigan. The Colonel fought at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, was a University of Michigan Regent, State Senator and co-owner of the Detroit Free Press. The Detroit Historical Commission purchased the property in the 1960s and completely restored the home from 1971 - 1973. The home was placed on the National Historic Register in 1972. The city of Detroit operated the home as the Moross House Museum and the Detroit Garden Center used the house and gardens for events, meetings, parties and sensational plantings. According to the University Michigan, the gardens contain the oldest, or second oldest, wisteria in the Midwest. In 2002 the city of Detroit sold the home and property to Mr. and Mr. Roland Scott. In April 2016, the Moross House and property was sold to LTD Limited, LLC, a Michigan Limited Liability Company owned by Linda K. Schinkel Rodney and her two sons Theodore M. Shinkle and N. Douglas Shinkle and Theodore individually. The home and property are currently the studio, showroom and gallery for Schinkel Fine Art, LLC, a fine art business representing the artworks of Mother/Son Artist Duo Linda Schinkel Rodney and Theodore M. Schinkel. The Artist Duo creates luminous dimensional 2D mixed media metal sculpture from their original artist process: etch, engrave, paint, and grind by hand, photography, media, print, and automotive finish, known as Metalagram®. LTD Limited is currently renovating the Moross House and gardens, now Detroit Secret Garden, to restore and bring back the Moross House legacy of inspiring the arts and serving the city of Detroit as an event and garden space. A 2020 launch is planned for Moross House events and accommodations rentals and more.

Description

Moross House side elevation Detroit MI
Side elevation of the Moross House

The Moross House is a three-bay townhouse, built in a vernacular Federal style with Greek Revival details, including heavy stone lintels and sidelights and a transom surrounding the entrance. It stands two stories tall, built on a foundation of river limestone. The roof is parapeted with wood shingles, and a pair of chimneys bracket the roof. A single-story addition sits to the rear, and a second is on the side.

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