Explore Indian Village History at This Home and Garden Tour

The event showcases elegant properties in the 124-year-old neighborhood
Indian Village
3453 Burns Ave. is one of many historic homes in the Indian Village neighborhood. // Photograph courtesy of Karlest Ford

On June 8 and 9, metro Detroiters can get an inside look at one of the city’s oldest and most elegant neighborhoods. The Historic Indian Village Association is hosting its 46th annual Home and Garden Tour, the second-oldest tour of its variety in Michigan.

The two-day ticketed event welcomes guests to the 124-year-old Indian Village neighborhood to view the interiors of six homes built between 1895 and 1920 as well as local gardens, historic churches, and the private Detroit Waldorf School. A limited number of three-hour guided tours are open on a first-come, first-serve basis for those looking for a more exclusive outing.

Refreshments will be available for purchase at a beer and wine tent, and antique cars and an outdoor art lot will also be on display.

“The Indian Village Home and Garden Tour annually attracts more than 2,000 people who love old homes,” says Colleen Robar, spokesperson for the event. “It’s a special day of antique cars, lemonade stands, and lots of talk about all the special people who called this neighborhood home at the turn of the century and those who live and love it now.”

Stunning large-scale homes built by some of the city’s most renowned architects characterize the Indian Village historic district, which includes Burns, Iroquois, and Seminole Avenues from East Jefferson one mile north to Mack Avenue. Residential designs throughout the 350-plus home community include inspirations from architects Albert Kahn, Marcus Burrowes, and Louis Kamper.

The tour will be led by an Indian Village guide. It is not recommended for guests with mobility challenges, although tour shuttles are available. For more information, visit historicindianvillage.org.

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