The Grindley House, photo submitted in 1997.
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Grindley, Robert M. and Matilda Kitch, House
123Parsons, Detroit - Wayne County
Property Type brick house
Historic Use DOMESTIC/single dwelling
Current Use DOMESTIC/single dwelling
Style Colonial Revival
Architect/Builder Putnam & Moore
Significant Person Robert McBride Grindley
Narrative Description The Robert and Matilda Kitch Grindley House, at 123 Parsons Street, is a two and one-half story brick, gable fronted dwelling with a large cross gable. Colonial Revival in style with Classical detailing, the slate-faced frontal gable is embellished with console brackets and scalloped trim under the eaves. Also enriching the gable is a large two-part lattice window that originally featured an ornate surround composed of a sill supported by modillions, colonettes, and a lintel with carved swags topped with a shell motif; the surround has been removed. The peak of the gable is adorned with a carved oculus encircled by a frame and voussoirs. Side dormers cross the slate roof; their slate-faced gable end contains a Palladian-like window with a blind central lunette.
Statement of Significance The Robert and Mathilda Kitch Grindley House is a single-family residential dwelling constructed in 1897 by the builders Putnam and Moore that is significant for its associations with members of the Grindley family. Three of the Grindleys, Robert McBride, Sarah, and Joseph, made significant contributions to the Cass Farm community, the development of the City of Detroit, the social development of the city's youth, and to various churches. The brick house, almost one hundred years old, stands as a reminder of the residential character of the Cass Farm prior to the massive industrialization of Detroit after the turn-of-the-century. Its presence as the only building of its type still extant on Parsons contributes to the Multiple Resource Nomination of the Cass Farm Survey Area within the context of single-family domestic architecture and social history.
Period of Significance 1897-1947
Registry Type(s) 12/01/1997 National Register listed
Site ID# P26544