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The Charles Trowbridge House - Oldest Buildings in Detroit
By Downtown Realty August 06, 2018

The Charles Trowbridge House

The Oldest House in Detroit

The Original Trowbridge House Detroit, MI
Half of the original house was demolished to make room for the house next door in the 1890s. Not the Victorian carriage house in the backyard.

The oldest house in Detroit is the Charles Trowbridge House, built in 1826 near the banks of the Detroit River on River Road (now Jefferson Avenue). It’s not just the oldest house, either. 1380 East Jefferson is the oldest documented structure in the city!

Trowbridge House, Detroit - Front
Built in 1826 in the Greek Revival style

Originally built in the Greek Revival style, the house has changed over the years to include Queen Anne Victorian architectural features such as gables, dentils, pediments, and Oriel windows.

Rear home addition built about 1850 – this may have actually been the front of the house originally – Detroit, MI

There has been some speculation as to which side of the historic home was originally the front. Old maps show the Trowbridge  House facing River Road, which would have ran behind the house, parallel to where Jefferson Avenue currently exists. Around the year 1850, a brick addition to the (current) rear of the house and an outlying brick stable were built. The stable features additional Queen Anne Victorian elements such as the large, front-facing gable.

Trowbridge House, Detroit, MI - Brick Stable
Brick Stable built in rear of Trowbridge House – Detroit, MI
Brick Stable built in rear of Trowbridge House – Detroit, MI

Not only has the 19th century house survived nearly 200 years, it is still in use as a commercial property! The Trowbridge House  is now home to several businesses including the Trowbridge Law Firm, Trowbridge Realty, and Dickson & Associates.




National Register of Historic Places: May 28, 1976; Building # 76001042
State of Michigan Register of Historic Sites:  July 26, 1974 # P4497

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The Charles Trowbridge House on Wikipedia

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