Sibley House, photo taken 1970 Sibley House, photo taken 1970
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Sibley House
976 Jefferson Avenue, Detroit - Wayne County
Other Names Rectory of Christ Church
Property Type frame house
Historic Use DOMESTIC
Current Use RELIGION
Style Greek Revival
Narrative Description The Sarah Sproat Sibley House is a two-story, side-gable Greek Revival house with a subsidiary rear extension. The frame structure is covered with clapboard siding topped by a shingled roof with heavy entablature and cornice returns. The entrance facade is divided into five-bays separated by trabeated windows. A central, columned portico entrance fronts the building and supports a pedimented entablature.
Statement of Significance The Sibley House is one of the oldest continuously occupied residences in Detroit and a well preserved example of Greek Revival architecture. The house was built in 1848 by Sarah Sproat Sibley, widow of esteemed territorial Judge Solomon Sibley. The Sibley family occupied the home until it was sold to neighboring Christ Church in 1925. The house was used a relief home during World Wars I and II and became the church's rectory in 1946. The rectory is currently well maintained and used regularly by the church.
Period of Significance 1826-1865
Significant Date(s) 1848
Registry Type(s) 04/16/1971 National Register listed
02/19/1958 State Register listed
Site ID# P25245