Detroit University District Historic Home Tour 2022

All Saints Episcopal Church for Registration and Tour

Start = 3837 West Seven Mile Road, Detroit, MI 48221

$5 – $20

Date and time

Sat, September 10, 2022

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT

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Join us for a guided tour inside six of the University District's most beautiful homes with unique historic touches from the Art Deco era.

About this event

You will see period features up close, carefully preserved or restored by homeowners, including original hardwood floors, period chandeliers, artisanal crown moldings, impressive fireplaces, original and renovated kitchens and baths, vintage stained glass, and Pewabic tile.

Enjoy your day in a family-friendly, inclusive neighborhood, adjacent to the Avenue of Fashion shops and restaurants, and near Palmer Park and the University of Detroit Mercy.

Walk, roll, bike, scooter, drive or use our free shuttle service to tour the neighborhood and see the homes. While you are here, meet some of the people that make the University District such a vibrant and special place to live.

Health and Safety Protocols - Physical distancing in homes is requested, masks and shoe covers (provided) required indoors, hand sanitizer will be available. We are committed to supporting COVID prevention practices.

Accessibility Information - This almost 100-year old neighborhood has some uneven sidewalks, please wear good walking shoes. Not all of the homes on the tour have handrails on outdoor stairs and landings. Due to the standards of construction in the 1920s and 1930s, most interior doorways are not wide enough for wheelchairs to get through. The recent major windstorm damaged some of the trees in the neighborhood. Residents have been working diligently to clear and remove debris from sidewalks. Please consider your needs and these conditions prior to purchasing a ticket.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are restrooms available on the day of tour? Yes, there will be two portable toilets at the starting point (All Saints Church). If you dine at one of the many restaurants along Livernois Avenue before or after the tour, they also have public restrooms. And there are public restrooms in Palmer Park, nearby.

Do you have to be there from 10am - 6pm and see all houses in same order? Or can we come any time and tour the homes in any order? The event starts at 10am and runs to 6pm. Arrive whenever you wish during those times. Peak hours tend to be 12 - 4pm, so waiting lines to enter the homes are longer. At Registration, you will receive a Tour Book with a map and addresses of all 7 homes on the tour, as well as a description and exterior photos. We suggest an order, but you are welcome to see the homes in any order you prefer. Parking is limited at All Saints Church, but available on the streets in the neighborhood. We have two shuttle buses running all day that are hop on/hop off, and we recommend using those, if you don't want to walk some or all of the route.

How long does it take to see all 7 houses? Each home has docents inside to help explain features and also to manage the flow of guests through the home. It will probably take 15 minutes to see each home, and it takes 30 minutes to walk among all the homes on the tour. Conservatively, allow about 3 hours to tour 7 homes and walk among them. There may also be wait times to stand in line to see the homes.

Are there health , safety and hydration supplies? Yes, face masks are required indoors and on the shuttles. Shoe covers will also be required. Both will be available, free of charge, at the Registration area, as well as hand sanitizer. Please bring your personal water bottle. Fresh water will be available to fill/refill water bottles. A limited number of plastic water bottles will be available.

See you Saturday!

Detroit University District Historic Home Tour 2022 image
Detroit University District Historic Home Tour 2022 image

The Detroit Bus Company will operate two shuttle buses throughout the day, with hop-on, hop-off free service for all Home Tour participants.

The Detroit Bus Company is committed to the environment and to people. It renovates vintage buses with hand-painted murals by local Detroit artists, fresh technology features like GPS tracking and USB-ready sound systems and maintains the vehicles, which run on biofuel, through a 45-point weekly inspection.