Historic Indian Village Home and Garden Tour

Historic Indian Village Home and Garden Tour

The Historic Indian Village Home and Garden Tour is celebrating the 114th anniversary of our elegant, historic neighborhood. This is the tour’s 36th year. It is the second oldest tour of its kind in Michigan, preceded only by the Marshall Michigan Historic Home Tour.

 June 6, 2009 

10 A.M.–5 P.M. 

Tour Day – $20.00

Advance Day – $15.00

Maximum 9 Tickets ($1.00 handling fee per order for online sales) 

Advance Ticket Sales Office:

PO Box 14616

Detroit, MI 48214 

On-Site Ticket Sales Office

  • Iroquois Avenue Christ Lutheran Church

2435 Iroquois Map

  • Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church

8625 E. Jefferson Map

  • Waldorf School

2555 Burns 

Checks payable to:

Indian Village Home & Garden Tour 

General Information

(313) 922-1736

Chairperson: Michaline Larson

email: tour@historicindianvillage.org 


The annual Art Lot, with 20 or more artisans participating each year provides tour visitors with a break and some really fine shopping opportunities.


The garden is located on the South East corner of Seminole and Charlevoix.     

AMPLE PARKING available at the Whittier, directly across the street from Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church (located at Jefferson  & Burns Avenues). 

Guests may also park at:

   – Dr. Faber’s dental office on E. Jefferson Ave. at the foot of Seminole.

   – The paved lot at the Detroit Waldorf School and the SPORTS FIELD, weather permitting.

The two lots at Christ Lutheran and Jefferson Ave. Presbyterian churches fill quickly and are first come, first served.  They are usually full well before the tour’s 10 a.m. start time.  

The best street parking available will be on BURNS.  There will be congestion near the Detroit Waldorf School. 

Christ Lutheran Church – Outdoors, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.:  in the morning – assorted pastries & coffee for sale; for lunch – hot dogs, kielbasa, chili, chips, pop and water, popcorn & brownies for sale; Inside, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.:  Maurice salad luncheon ($15, tickets available at church + drop in).

Conventional Baptist – BBQ chicken or rib dinners, refreshments and desserts sold from 10 a.m. until the food runs out.

Jefferson Ave. Presbyterian – Refreshment & food – menu not yet available;

Mt. Olive Baptist - Hot dogs, chips, popcorn, soft drinks  for sale.

DETROIT Waldorf School - Refreshment & food – menu not yet available. 


In the mid 1950s, the Women’s Garden Club held many events in Indian Village. Their Garden Fair was a precursor to the current tour, which began its run in the 1960s and became an annual event in 1973. It is now sponsored by the Historic Indian Village Association (HIVA), the Indian Village Women’s Garden Club and the Indian Village Men’s Garden Club. 


Today, the Indian Village community consists of 352 households, plus six churches, four elementary schools and 1 nursery school. This historic district includes Burns, Iroquois and Seminole Avenues from East Jefferson running one mile north to Mack Avenue. 

Although there are features on many homes that fall into a distinct architectural style, Indian Village can best be described as eclectic. As is so typical of American independence, owners chose elements from different architectural styles when building their homes.


Detroit’s most distinguished architects designed Indian Village homes. Among them are Marcus Burrowes, Chittenden & Kotting, Albert Kahn, Louis Kamper, Rogers & MacFarlane, Smith Hinchman & Grylls, William B. Stratton, Leonard B. Willeke, George D. Mason, Robert O. Derrick and C. Howard Crane