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James Burgess Book Jr. Mansion

Built in 1911, the residence at 8469 E. Jefferson embodies the Renaissance Revival architectural style. It was designed by renowned architect Louis Kamper and inspired by the Petit Trianon in Versailles, France. The building permit was issued on September 1, 1910.

Originally commissioned for James Burgess Book Jr., one of the three influential Book brothers celebrated for their real estate ventures in early 20th-century Detroit, including the iconic Book Cadillac Hotel, the Washington Boulevard Building, the Book Building and Tower, and the Industrial Bank Building.

Standing three stories tall, the Book Mansion showcases a flat roof, stone exterior walls, and imposing Corinthian pilasters adorning the primary south-facing facade. A decorative balustrade crowns the parapet, while arched window openings grace the first story. The windows, featuring 1/1 double-hung wood units, add to the elegance of the structure.

On the rear north-facing elevation, a one-story flat-roof loggia extends, leading to a rear patio. Adjacent to the loggia, a two-story carriage house complements the main residence, enhancing the property's charm and functionality.

The primary residence has an impressive layout, featuring seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, along with multiple reception halls and living rooms. Many of these rooms have 12-foot ceilings, adding to the sense of spaciousness and luxury.

The mansion last sold for $1,200,000 in 2022.

Louis Kamper also designed the renowned Col. Frank J. Hecker House on Woodward Ave. We were able to conduct a comprehensive visual documentation of this mansion in 2023.

Last updated 02/04/2024