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Detroit, MI’s Historic c.1917 Michelson Estate Sells for $1.65M (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Detroit, MI’s Historic c.1917 Michelson Estate Sells for $1.65M (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Detroit, MI’s Historic c.1917 Michelson Estate Sells for $1.65M (PHOTOS & VIDEO)
March 11
14:08 2019

Detroit, MI’s Historic c.1917 Michelson Estate Sells for $1.65M

918 W Boston Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan, United States, 48202

A 102-year-old mansion in Detroit’s Boston-Edison Historic District has sold for $1,650,000. The 10,500 square foot Italianate mansion was built in 1917 for lumber magnate Nels Michelson and sold to automotive manufacturing supplier Leonard Augustus Young in 1925. Young substantially renovated the property in 1926, adding a 4,500 square foot athletic building, complete with large swimming pool, bowling alley, gymnasium and billiards room. According to LocalWiki, Young is also responsible for much of the home’s ornate, carved marble mantelpieces, custom light fixtures and bronze doors. The property changed hands again in 1964 when it was sold to Pablo Davis, a nationally-recognized artist. Davis split the 2.2 acre corner lot into two parcels, splitting the main house from the athletic building. It wasn’t until 1969, when Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. purchased both parcels making the estate one again. It’s said that Berry Gordy Jr. used the historic home as his primary residence in the late 1960s and early 1970s, hosting countless Motown stars and entertaining guests with private concerts. Gordy Jr. relocated to Los Angeles in the 1970s, leaving the mansion empty for nearly 20 years before selling in 2002 to neighbourhood resident and attorney, Cynthia Reaves, who embarked on a lengthly restoration of the property. Reaves received the State of Michigan Historic Preservation Award in 2006 for her efforts, an award usually reserved for architectural and engineering firms according to LocalWiki. As of August 2017, the Michelson Estate has been sold to a new owner. Following the sale, Aaron’s Estate Sales held an auction at the Italianate mansion offering an array of fixtures, antiques and Motown memorabilia. Interiors details include a limestone entry hall with coffered ceiling, a spectacular living room with Black Walnut paneling, a solarium with fountain and five stained glass doors, library with quarter sawn oak paneling and a teak wood floor and a large formal dining hall with bronze-encased stained glass windows. There are ten bedrooms and seven bathrooms throughout. This is a truly spectacular property filled with history and irreplaceable detail. Scroll down for a full tour inside!

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