2019 Recap -- Gallery: Jackie Kennedy Reportedly Wanted This Detroit Mansion's Fireplace

December 29, 2019, 6:27 AM

This Sept. 28 repost is No. 8 in our Top 10 countdown of popular articles from the past 12 months. Choices are based on readership and staff selections. Links to earlier installments are below the photo gallery.


Update: The century-old home sold for $1.15 million this month, according to Estately, a property listings site.

Detroit legend has it that first lady Jackie Kennedy -- later known as Jackie O -- tried to get the white marble fireplace from this Indian Village mansion in Detroit for the White House Red Room, the Detroit Free Press reports.


But the owner didn't budge.

Now the 7,056-square-foot house at 2150 Iroquois St., between Kercheval Avenue and East Vernor Highway, is on the market for $1.3 million. It was built in 1915, has six bedrooms, four bathrooms and a pool. Realtor Kathy Manoogian of Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel notes:

Once in a great while you will discover a stunning masterpiece that will absolutely take your breath away! Renowned architect Louis Kamper designed and built this French classical limestone mansion for himself at the turn of the century, and the current owners have restored it to its current elegance.

Step inside to find a grand marble staircase with marble floors and walls, showcasing a stunning loggia with an ornate hand-painted ceiling and walls of windows looking out to the backyard pool and rose garden.

The formal living room has intricate wood carvings and an English regency limestone fireplace from early 19th Century. Upstairs you will find a magnificent garden room that walks out to a Juliet balcony with limestone balusters.

The grand marble hall leads you to several master suites and the staircase takes you to the third floor grand ballroom, bedroom and bath. Welcome to prestigious Indian Village in all its splendor and glory! Pre-approval/proof of funds required to show. 

The Freep describes the marble fireplace as "deeply carved around 1800. Its two side pilasters are carved Grecian women, each rendered about three feet high."


Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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