A typical mansion in the east-side Detroit neighborhood of Indian Village.
About this creation
Indian Village is a historic neighborhood on the east side of Detroit that consists of 352 homes on three streets: Burns, Iroquois, and Seminole and is bordered on the north and south by Mack Avenue and Jefferson Avenue respectively. Many of Detroit's captains of industry once lived here. Construction began in 1895 and continued until 1929. A very few homes have been built since then. There is no evidence that Native Americans had a settlement in this area; the developer selected the name thinking it had romantic appeal. Houses range from about 3000 square feet to 17,000 square feet in size. Many architectural styles were built including colonial, Queen Anne, gothic, Georgian, Romanesque, etc. Due to quality of the homes and the diligent efforts by the Indian Village home owners association, the neighborhood avoided the decline that devastated nearby areas in the second half of the 20th century. Link to my pictures of the real Indian Village: Flickr/DecoJim/Indian Village.
My Lego model is of a typical Georgian style mansion in the Indian Village neighborhood. The "bricks" in the facade are mostly dark red 1x2 plates. The yard is 64x64 studs. It took about a month to build including time waiting for bricklink orders.
Front facade showing the carport on the right and the sun rooms on the left.
Before the advent of air conditioning, a well ventilated sun-room could also double as a nice place to sleep on hot summer nights.
The Indian Village association prides itself on the well maintained homes and gardens. About 10 of the 351 homes and gardens are featured each year on the first Saturday in June when they are opened to the public for tours.
One feature of many Indian Village homes is the carriage house or garage. Many of the homes were built before the automobile became common place so the carriage house contained room for the carriage, horses, and upstairs living quarters for the driver and possibly a gardener. Some carriage houses were larger than suburban homes built after WW2.
A deck above the carport provides a good place to relax on a nice day.
A neighbor's view of the backyard garden. There is a men's and a women's gardening club in the Indian Village neighborhood that takes pride in showing off their efforts in the annual Indian Village home and garden tour.
This is such a pretty house. I love the technique for the edges, even though it´s very brick-consuming concerning special parts (tiles, the little SNOT pieces). But it´s really worth it. Oh, and to answer your question from a longer time ago: My mansion wasn´t based on a real structure, I just made it up like I´d want to find one... Grüße aus Deutschland, Steffen
It's all in the name... that's why developers call housing developments "Forest Glen" or "Misty Meadows" when those things don't exist on the site anymore, if they ever did at all. Your MOCs are always top notch. I have a feeling if I ever visit Detroit I'll be feeling some deja vu. "It's all so familiar -- and yet I know I've never been here before..."