Stearns House, photo submitted 1981
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Stearns, Frederick K., House
8209 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit - Wayne County
Other Names Stearns House
Property Type stucco house
Historic Use DOMESTIC/multiple dwelling
Current Use COMMERCE/TRADE
Style Postmedieval English
Architect/Builder Frank Conger Baldwin
Stratton and Baldwin
William B. Stratton
Significant Person Frederick K. Stearns
Narrative Description The Frederick K. Stearns House is a two-and-one-half-story, gable-roofed house, with stuccoed, half timber facades. The house's medieval character is reinforced by a variety of window sizes and groupings and by several projecting bays and broad roof surfaces. The house is constructed of hollow tile.
Statement of Significance The Frederick K. Stearns House is significant for its association with Frederick K. Stearns and with the architects, Stratton and Baldwin; and it is architecturally significant because of its fine medieval and Arts and Crafts design. The house represents an important movement in artistic design and is characteristic of larger homes associated with the Arts and Crafts movement. Frederick K. Stearns, founder of the Stearns Pharmaceutical Company, was an important collector of Asian art. His collection, which he donated to the Detroit Museum of Art, contained over 16,000 objects of art from several nations.
Period of Significance 1901-1930
Significant Date(s) 1902
Registry Type(s) 10/09/1985 National Register listed
Site ID# P25252