The Wells House, photo submitted 1981
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Wells, William H., House
2931 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit - Wayne County
Other Names William H. Wells House
Property Type stone house
Historic Use DOMESTIC/single dwelling
Current Use EDUCATION/school
Style Romanesque
Significant Person William H. Wells
Narrative Description The Wells House is an irregular-plan, two-and-one-half-story, Romanesque Revival building with a highly picturesque composition. The entrance facade is formed by an apsidal projection and by a turret with a concave conical roof at one corner. Various other bays project from the irregular and coursed, rock-face stone facade in randomly chosen directions. A one-and-one-half story carriage house at the rear of the lot was built in 1891. Its first story is constructed of red brick; the gable ends and dormers of the steep-pitch roof are clapboard-sided.
Statement of Significance The Wells House is significant as an outstanding example of Romanesque residential architecture in Detroit for its present integrity, and for its association with architect William Henry Miller. Miller designed the house which was constructed in 1889 by the Vinton Company of Detroit. Miller, of Ithaca, New York, was Cornell University's first student of architecture and is known for his major works in Ithaca, including Cornell University's Uris Library.
Period of Significance 1800-1899
Significant Date(s) 1889
Registry Type(s) 10/09/1985 National Register listed
Site ID# P25283