George W. Loomer House
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Loomer, George W., House
71Hancock Avenue, Detroit - Wayne County
Other Names George W. Loomer House
Property Type brick house
Historic Use DOMESTIC/single dwelling
Current Use DOMESTIC/multiple dwelling
Style Late Victorian
Architect/Builder Almon Clother Varney
Lew Tuller
Significant Person George W. Loomer
Narrative Description The two story brick building at 71 Hancock Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, is a detached urban dwelling built in 1888 in a Richardsonian Romanesque style. Originally a single family residence, it now houses several apartments. Its exterior appearance, however, has been little changed over the years. The building occupies its original site and is proximal to many buildings in the Wayne State University Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 23, 1978. There are no contributing outbuildings associated with the property. The dwelling has a simple, rectangular ground plan laid out on a north-south axis. The northernmost section of the home, nearest the street, features a two story, side-gabled shape. The rear portion of the building is two stories high and has a flat roof. Chimneys are found on the eastern and western sides of the building.
Statement of Significance The two story brick dwelling at 71 West Hancock was built for George W. Loomer in 1888 by the notable Detroit architect Almon C. Varney (the building permit for the building was issued on April 4, 1888). According to the indexes to the Detroit building permits, 71 West Hancock was one of the earliest brick dwellings erected on the street and had an original insured value of $4,300 -- a respectable sum for the period. It has the distinction of being the earliest surviving Richardsonian Romanesque residence in a several block area. 71 West and 77 West Hancock Avenue (originally numbered 33 and 37 West Hancock) are the only dwellings that remain on the block from the turn of the century, when the area was regarded as one of Detroit's most fashionable residential neighborhoods.
Period of Significance 1888
Significant Date(s) 1888
Registry Type(s) 07/22/1994 National Register listed
Site ID# P3452