Edward Van Husan and Dr. Robert Gillman Home

61 Peterboro in the Peterboro-Charlotte Local Historic District near downtown Detroit

The Victorian style refers to the architecture popular in England and in the United States during the very long reign of Queen Victoria, who ruled from 1837 through 1901. The attractive painted brick home that you see here on Peterboro is an informative and pleasant example of the Late Victorian design as it was applied to the homes of prosperous Detroit residents late in the Nineteenth Century. You see an extensive use of wood on the exterior and much brickwork, suggesting different textures. Toward the top, there is a hipped roof with gables and much copper flashing that is now not so visible. There is a substantial protrusion of bay windows on the eastern side facing Peterboro, meaning that the entryway is recessed. Ionic columns support an appealing porch that provides cover for visitors as they wait for the household head or domestic servant to answer the door knocker. If you look carefully, you may be able to see highly-decorated wooden window hoods, one of them showing a bull's eye. This was a component of the Late Victorian style. That is, similar to the Queen Anne style, late Victorian homes were highly decorated and used both brick and wood.

Edward C. Van Husan was a real estate broker and a civic activist in the early decades of Detroit's development as a national manufacturing center. Dr. Robert Gillman was a prominent eye-ears-nose physician in Detroit at the same time.

This interesting home should not be confused with the also historically significant William Van Moore—Robert B. Tanahill home which is nearby at 67 Peterboro.

Architect: John Edwards
Architectural Style: Late Victorian. Indeed, this home is one of the most marvelous and clear examples of this architectural school in Detroit.
Date of Completion: 1884
Use in 2003: Residence
City of Detroit Local Historic District: This home is located with the Peterboro-Charlotte Local Historic District
State of Michigan Registry of Historic Sites: P 25,268. Listed March 16, 1989
National Register of Historic Sites: Not listed
Photo: Ren Farley; August, 2003

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