Why is the official mayor's residence called "The Manoogian Mansion"? Simple, the palacial home belonged to Alex Manoogian and the Manoogian Family for almost 30 years before they donated it to the City of Detroit in 1966. Alex Manoogian was an Armenian immigrant, businessman, and philanthropist who founded the Masco Corporation, most well-known for the development of the Delta faucet, as well as Merrillat and Kraftmaid Cabinetry. Masco is still located in Taylor, Michigan.
The Manoogian Mansion, which was built in 1928 at a cost of $300,000 and purchased by Alex Manoogian in 1939, certainly is spacious enough and has the beautiful views people love to see on vacation: the Spanish Colonial Revival-style home has over 4,000 square feet, 15 rooms, 2 dining rooms, 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, and 2 bedrooms and a bath for servants. There are huge windows on most sides, and of course a view of the Detroit River which is actually part of the home's "back yard". It is located in the Berry Subdivision, one of Detroit's Historic Districts.
It sounds like a beautiful place to have a "staycation", and after all, just like any vacationer, Mr. Kilpatrick is only "visiting" the Manoogian Mansion, as the home belongs to the City of Detroit--all mayors live there only during their tenure. Our next mayor will enjoy it just as much.
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