A Neighborhood for All Seasons
Detroit’s Woodbridge Historical District is a residential vestige of Detroit’s pre-automobile Victorian era with diverse vintage architecture, old roses and lilacs from long-ago gardeners, and ample porches where residents watch the world go by
Clockwise from top left: Winter, Spring, Autumn, Summer. A Queen Anne-style home (top left) has a unique triple window with transom in the gable and a wraparound porch. Multiple exterior materials (bottom left) characterize Queen Anne style architecture. “This home has beautiful detailing in the pediment over the porch,” says architect Rebecca Binno Savage of Detroit’s Kraemer Design Group.
ABOVE: A home on Avery Street features a Dutch gambrel-style roof.
BELOW: Both homes appear to be Stick Style, Savage says.
ABOVE: This home with a Dutch gambrel roof has a “really beautiful porch,” Savage says.
BELOW: This gracious home on Avery Street is a classic Queen Anne.
In Woodbridge and the adjacent historical Woodbridge Farms, apartment houses and terraces (row houses) mingle with stately homes that were residences of upper-middle-class Detroiters. The Queen Anne at bottom right has a receding front entrance.
ABOVE:“A mansard roof with original slate shingles is so rare,” Savage says. “Most of these houses have replacement roofs.” Other features include terra-cotta window hoods.
The Woodbridge/Woodbridge Farms neighborhood is named for William Woodbridge, who served as territorial Governor of Michigan (1839-41). Other noted residents included James E. Scripps, founder of The Evening News, which became The Detroit News; Ellen Scripps (James’ daughter), who married George Booth, founder of what became the College of Creative Studies and Cranbrook; and Detroit Tiger Ty Cobb.
photographs by martin vecchio