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Christopher Moross House

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c. 1843–1848. 1460 E. Jefferson Ave.

The Moross house is the oldest extant brick house in Detroit. It is two stories tall, has three bays, and uses a side-hall plan. Stone lintels adorn the six-over-six windows. The slender proportions, vertical orientation, and paired end chimneys show Federal influence, but the house lacks the delicate curvilinear motifs. Christopher Moross (1822–1901), a Detroiter of French descent, erected this and another dwelling in brick from profits made from his brickyard at Chene Street and E. Canfield Avenue. The Moross house is now owned by Roland and Barbara Scott. Mr. Scott uses the first floor for his law office.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Christopher Moross House", [Detroit, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 104-105.

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