YPSILANTI – It’s not often a 150-year-old historic home becomes available in the heart of a Michigan downtown. Rarer still is a historic home with an equally historic basement bar – this one designed in partnership with Michigan auto pioneer Henry Ford.
The home at 220 S. Huron St. once belonged to Charles Newton, chief buyer for Greenfield Village, the museum town located near the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.
During the 1930s and ‘40s, Newton renovated his home, adding classical revival elements to the original Italianate style of the 1870s structure. Hearing of the plans, Ford had a Connecticut-based historic interior shipped to Newton so he could replicate Greenfield Village’s Eagle Tavern in the basement, leading to the creation of the “Wild Turkey Tavern” – a sister bar of sorts.
The basement bar remains preserved, along with many of the home’s original features, while modern heating and electrical utilities provide comfort.
Previous homeowner Joe Queen envisioned the elaborate 18th-century tavern as part of The Queen’s Residence Bed and Breakfast. Current owner and Realtor Natalie Hess and her husband have most recently staged it as a setting for their family Taco Tuesday nights with their three children.
The historic six-bed, six-bathroom home is featured in the city’s self-guided historic walking tour. Its original masonry and four Tuscan-style columns create a strong curbside impression, while the spacious garden patio and courtyard provide a private event space for residents and guests.
The home is currently listed at $675,000 by Hess, a realtor for Howard Hanna.
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