For 121 years, Indian Village has been an example of the elegant side of Detroit. On Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, you can get your chance to see that historic world first hand.
All you need to do is take part in the Historic Indian Village Home and Garden Tour. Now in its 43rd year, it is the second largest home tour in Michigan.
You’ll see eight homes, two gardens, schools, churches, an antique car show and an art lot.
The Indian Village historic district includes Burns, Iroquois and Seminole Avenues from East Jefferson running one mile north to Mack Avenue. It includes more than 350 homes, most averaging about 100 years old.
Here are two homes featured in the 2015 tour.
Originally hosted by the Women’s Garden Club, which started having events in Indian Village in the 1950s, the tour began a decade later in the 1960s. In 1973, it became an annual tradition.
Aside from seeing the luxurious homes, you can check out the art vendors on scene.
The architectural significance alone is amazing. Indian village contains architecture by some of Detroit’s most distinguished architects including Marcus Burrowes, Chittenden & Kotting, Albert Kahn, Louis Kamper, Rogers & MacFarlane, Smith Hinchman & Grylls, William B. Stratton, Leonard B. Willeke, George D. Mason, Robert O. Derrick and C. Howard Crane.
These all come together to make up the 352 homes, two elementary schools, and four churches that are Indian Village.
ADVANCE TICKETS: Single day tour, $22.50, Two-day tour, $40.50
ON-SITE TICKETS: Single day tour, $25, Two-day tour, $45
GROUP TICKETS: Discounts available; call for details
GUIDED TOUR: Extra $10 per ticket; limited availability
The guided tour is a walking tour with an Indian Village guide and takes about three hours. The guides will tell you about homes not on tour. You’ll also hear about the homes and gardens on the regular tour from docents at each site. Guided tour groups consist of 10-15 people and are not for the mobile challenged, although those individuals can use the tour shuttles.
Indian Village was established in 1893 and is one of Detroit’s oldest historic residential neighborhoods.
Go to www.HistoricIndianVillage.org to purchase tickets online. Tickets can also be ordered by mail via Indian Village Tour, P.O. Box 14616, Detroit, MI 48214.
— Photos: From Indian Village Home and Garden Tour