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The Roaring Twenties

These are pictures of a bank-owned home built in 1925 in an old suburb of Detroit. Good to know ceiling-hung radiators can be used in an indoor pool room, provided you have the chain-driven crank hopper window system for ventilation.


  • gerry gill
    gerry gill Member Posts: 3,078
    would be interesting

    to see pictures of the radiators, and upstairs rooms too..bet it was a grand place in its day..whats the humidity like in the pool area?
    Serving Cleveland's eastern suburbs from Cleveland Heights down to Cuyahoga Falls.

  • MotownSteamer
    MotownSteamer Member Posts: 110
    Here's a few more pictures

    This was "the house" my wife and I wanted when we moved to the neighborhood last fall. We could never get inside and our agent could never get much info on it. It came back on the market a few weeks ago and we finally got in. Not a grand mansion, but a very unique, custom home with exceptional craftsmanship. A rear stairwell and servants quarters on the third floor (the full bath up there has untracked terrazzo floors and a claw foot tub!)

    The radiators are nothing special-two pipe columned sections. No cabinetry or special alcoves.

    The basement was pretty dry which is a big deal in this part of town. Interestingly, there is a pit or cistern of some sort at the bottom of the back stairway, like an overflow or filtering area for the pool. No secret why the house hasn't sold!

    Detroit was responsible for 75% of the booze smuggled into the country during prohibition. A lot of these homes had basements built like nightclubs. This must be one of them. Enjoy.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,832
    Nothing special?

    That's a Vapor system, the Cadillac of heating when that house was built, and plenty special to us!

    Can't tell for sure, but in the pic of that ceiling-hung rad, the trap looks like it might be a Webster.
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    Towson, MD, USA
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  • MotownSteamer
    MotownSteamer Member Posts: 110

    My bad, yes.....I am lucky enough to have a Trane vapor system in our 1923 home. I have enjoyed learning it and working on it.

    I am also lucky enough to have a basement with NO pool!

  • crash2009
    crash2009 Member Posts: 1,484
    Pretty nice home

     Looks almost bullet proof.  Too bad about the cracked foundation.  You think the pool fills up from groundwater, or did they forget to drain it? 
  • MotownSteamer
    MotownSteamer Member Posts: 110
    Here's the listing ad

    Too much work for me. Local agents think $80,000 cash will get you the title. Figure it'd be another $150,000 to rehab it.

    I think the crack in the floor tile in the pool was just settling. There's got to be a network of old piping under the floor. Anyone who buys this place needs to get a pool engineer to figure out the whole deal. Personally I think it should be preserved, but it'll likely get filled in, which I think would be more work....and a shame.

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