E. S. Barbour, originator of the Detroit Stove Company, built this 1891 three-story stone mansion. With its carved designs and detailed workmanship, it is a work of art in itself, a testament to the period in which it was built.

Over the years there were many owners. Various interior renovations, and minimal exterior repairs were performed on the building. A private owner decided to move his business to this location and Chezcore, Inc. was to be given the task of completely renovating the interior and restoring the exterior of the structure.

Interior renovations and exterior restoration included:

  • New wood flooring
  • Marble flooring
  • Ceramic tile
  • Carpeting
  • VCT tile flooring
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Upgrades for the voice and data systems
  • Existing steam heat system repair
  • New "ductless" air conditioning system
  • Carpentry
  • Decorative plaster repairs
  • Painting
  • Stained glass restoration

Exterior Restoration occurred throughout the building exterior facade and included:

  • Stone Replacement
  • Tuck Pointing
  • Stone Consolidation
  • Cleaning
  • Historical Correct Window Replacement
  • Roofing (3 Different Systems)

The exterior restoration was particularly challenging since the facade is soft sandstone that showed extensive deterioration over the years. All four chimneys were restored to various degrees, with one chimney completely dismantled and rebuilt.

Throughout the facade the defective stone units were removed, back-up masonry stabilized, and new stone units fabricated and installed. This matched the "rock face" profile and gave the building back its original look. New and existing stone units were integrated during the repair process.





All 110 windows were replaced with new historically correct windows, which were 15 different sizes.

There were repairs to three different types of roof systems that included clay tile restoration, a new asphalt shingle system, and a new rubber roof system. Also, copper gutters, downspouts,

ridge caps, hips, valleys, and chimney saddles, were either repaired or replaced with new copper. Chezcore, Inc. acted as the Construction Manager and General Contractor on this project, as well as self-performing all of the exterior masonry restoration.

Chezcore, Inc.
2000 Division Street Detroit, Michigan 48207
Office 313/962-1400 Fax 313/962-6052
24 Hour Emergency Service: 1-877-748-9966