The Hunter House is a home located at 3985 Trumbull Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, within the Woodbridge Neighborhood Historic District. It is also known as the Northwood House or the Northwood - Hunter House. It is currently operated as the Woodbridge Star, a bed and breakfast.
In 1890, William Northwood, the co-founder of the Howard-Northwood Malt Manufacturing Company, commissioned architect George F. Depew to design this home. The structure was completed in 1891 at a cost of $13,500. In 1903, James J. Sullivan, founder of Sullivan Beef, purchased the home. The family lived in the house until 1957. Both Howard-Northwood Malt Manufacturing and Sullivan Beef were major commercial ventures in Detroit, and this home reflects the properity of the owners. In the 1960s, the house was converted into a church, and in 1966, a side porch and conservatory were demolished. In the early 1970s, the home was purchased by the Hunter family, who converted it back to a private residence. The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places
The home is currently operated as the Woodbridge Star, a six-room bed and breakfast. Very few
exterior alterations have been made to the home, and the interior remains highly original.
The house is an elaborate three-story Chateauesque
structure built from red brick and rusticated stone. The influence of several architectural styles can be seen in the home. Round and square towers project from the main section of the house, each with a different roof style. The sides of the house differe in their appearance. Incised brick and colored sandstone add ornamentation to the facade. The roof has red slate shingles with metal cresting; shingle-covered gables facing the front of the home extend from the roof. The transom windows are filled with stained and leaded glass, and the house boasts polished jasper collonettes.