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Moross House

Moross House
Location 1460 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Built 1855
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Federal
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 72000669[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 13, 1972
Designated MSHS June 19, 1971[2]

The Moross House is a house located at 1460 East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. It is the oldest surviving brick house in the city;[2] it was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1971[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[1]


The Moross House was completed in 1848 by brickmaker Christopher Moross; it was one of two built by Moross on the site.[3] The ownership changed hands several times until the Detroit Historical Commission purchased it in the 1920s.[2] The house was completely restored in 1971 - 1973. Currently it is a private home.[2]


Side elevation of the Moross House

The Moross House is a three-bay townhouse, built in a vernacular Federal style with Greek Revival details, including heavy stone lintels and sidelights and a transom surrounding the entrance.[3] It stands two stories tall, built on a foundation of river limestone.[2] The roof is parapeted with wood shingles, and a pair of chimneys bracket the roof.[2] A single-story addition sits to the rear, and a second is on the side.[2]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Moross House from the state of Michigan
  3. ^ a b Eric J. Hill, John Gallagher, American Institute of Architects Detroit Chapter, AIA Detroit, Wayne State University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-8143-3120-3, p. 234
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