Located in what is now Pontiac, Michigan’s first inland settlement was established in 1818. Pontiac’s connection with the City of Detroit was a trail made by United States troops in 1820, roughly following the line of Woodward Avenue. In 1826, this Trail was made into a Wagon Road with the use of a federal $10,000 Grant and United States troops.
Pontiac, as the County Seat in the local Agricultural Center, needed good transportation to succeed. When the road begun in 1826 reached Flint, its traffic between Detroit and Flint found Pontiac to be a convenient stopping place for trading in business. By 1837 Pontiac became a village and it was eventually incorporated as a city in 1861. At that point, Pontiac began to experience tremendous growth in size and population.
During Pontiac's growth in the late 1910’s & early 1920’s, Seminole Hills was platted and subdivided. The designer sought to capitalize on the terrain, and, the prevailing trend for subdivisions with curving streets. This resulted in the looped and curved subdivision we now see as Seminole Hills.
There is not much additional information available about the development of Seminole Hills, with the only contemporary references being Real Estate advertisements of the late 1920s. The plat design of the subdivision seems to imply a desire for several different levels of home size and craftsmanship, with more spacious homes and lots in the interior and North end of the subdivision, and slightly more modest homes to the South and heading outward.
Most of the houses in Seminole Hills were built between 1922 and 1930. Very few houses were built, at all, in Pontiac during the Depression. Between 1930 and 1938, only 272 housing units were built in the entire city.
The Romanticism of the 1920’s is displayed in the many Tudor and Revival homes in Seminole Hills. Some of these are rather minimal in their stylistic development, with many examples of a rectangular 1-1/2 story elevation, featuring a steep pitched gabled enclosed entry with an arched door to give the house it's picturesqueness. Others are fully developed Tudor revivals, complete with false thatched roofs, brick-nogged half-timbering, and battlemented parapets. Many Colonial revivals of the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s and 1950s were also built in Seminole Hills, the majority of which are 2 and 2-1/2 story Adam / Georgian types. The Dutch Colonial revival is also represented in smaller percentage.
The Seminole Hills development was fairly successful in attracting many professional people. However, the variety of home sizes and details attracted tradespeople and non-professionals to the area also. In general, the Seminole Hills subdivision is a pleasant and interesting development which can be viewed as a capsule history of American Suburban design development.
With its central location and easy access to businesses and amenities here and in surrounding communities...
PLUS Pontiac's historic architecture, diversity and new investment, Pontiac is indeed a city on the move again.
Friendly, caring residents, organizations & businesses are experiencing and spreading the excitement of this unique urban center.
A few of the details about 149 Ottawa Drive & the neighborhood elude us. However, this very rare opportunity for ownership of a such a stunning landmark property is at hand. A beautiful & unique example of the charm, the craftsmanship and the architectural style....from an era known for exceptional materials and workmanship....awaits the buyer who understands what an unbelievable find this home truly is!
And, it is right in the center of Oakland County,
with easy access to all that Metropolitan Detroit has to offer.
Information excerpted in part from Oakland County
Pioneer & Historical Society Research
As noted in a newspaper item, the home is said to have been built in 1925 by Dr. Carlton D Morris, a well-known Pontiac Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist. Dr. Morris was born in Decatur, Illinois. He was graduated from the Medical School at the University of Michigan in 1895, and remained at U of M for 2 years as an instructor. He was subsequently assigned to the staff at Pontiac General Hospital. After working several years at the hospital, Dr. Morris entered private practice. The Morris family, including wife Nellie, lived at 149 Ottawa until sometime in the 1930’s or early 1940’s. Dr Morris passed away in 1943.
Shortly after 1943, Dr. Clifford T. Ekelund, a prominent Pontiac
area physician and Medical Director at Pontiac General Hospital, purchased 149 Ottawa Drive. His wife was Catherine, & they had 3 daughters & eight grandchildren. Dr. Ekelund had been associated with Pontiac General Hospital for many years, serving as Chief
of Staff in 1941. Dr. Ekelund was also a staff member of St Joseph Mercy Hospital, and a consultant to the Pontiac State Hospital.
A 1918 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Dr. Ekelund, was originally from St Paul, MN. In 1926, Dr. Eklund and his wife moved to Pontiac. He had been credited with a major role in the fight to establish the Michigan Medical Service, Blue Cross Blue Shield. Mrs. Ekelund lived in the home until she was 93. The family then sold the home in 1996.
There is not much additional information available about the development of Seminole Hills, with the only contemporary references being Real Estate advertisements of the late 1920s.
149 Ottawa Dr. • Historic Seminole Hills Community
History of 149 Ottawa Drive and the Seminole Hills Community
149 Ottawa Drive is two-story Tudor Revival home with a gable roof and gable dormers. A battlement parapet at the entrance is flat-roofed.
It features a gabled attached garage with alternate shed roof entry.
Brick exterior with half-timbered gables and parapet.
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