John N. Bagley House

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John N. Bagley House
Bagley House Detroit MI.jpg
Location2921 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates42°20′27″N 83°1′3″W / 42.34083°N 83.01750°W / 42.34083; -83.01750Coordinates: 42°20′27″N 83°1′3″W / 42.34083°N 83.01750°W / 42.34083; -83.01750
ArchitectRogers and MacFarlane
Architectural styleFrench Renaissance Revival
MPSEast Jefferson Avenue Residential TR
NRHP reference #85002934[1]
Added to NRHPOctober 09, 1985

The John N. Bagley House is a private residence located at 2921 East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.[1]


The Bagley House is a two-and-one-half-story French Renaissance Revival mansion built of dark brick and brown stone.[2][3] Evidence has revealed that the house was designed in the French Renaissance Revival style by the Detroit firm Rogers and MacFarlane, while it was previously believed to have been designed by Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge of the Richardson firm since the family had hired Richardson to design the Bagley Memorial Fountain.[2] The French Renaissance Revival style house has some similar application of materials of H. H. Richardsonian Romanesque.[2] It has a massive gable roof and a tower with conical roof. The entrance is set into a round arch and the roof dormer features a bay window.[3] The façade contains multiple surface and window treatment, including sculptural elements by Julius Melchers around the entrance.[3]


The house, built in 1889 for John N. Bagley, son of former Michigan governor John J. Bagley, is among the oldest surviving nineteenth century French Renaissance Revival mansions in Detroit.[2] The Bagley family commissioned the Bagley Memorial Fountain, designed in Romanesque Revival architecture, the only remaining work by Henry Hobson Richardson in the Detroit area.[4] This house is still one of the finest of Detroit's Richardsonian Romanesque houses.[3]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d Hill, Eric J. and John Gallagher (2002). AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3120-3.
  3. ^ a b c d Bagley, John N., House Archived 2011-06-06 at the Wayback Machine from the state of Michigan
  4. ^ Bagley Memorial Fountain Archived 2007-10-11 at the Wayback Machine from the city of Detroit