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Belle Isle, the 985 acre island and city park in the Detroit River – and the crown jewel of Detroit’s park system – is in trouble. It has a backlog of cleanup, restoration, and environmental challenges that would make any park conservancy director’s head swim, including a half-dozen historic structures in need of repair, overgrown walking paths, shoreline erosion, invasive species, and padlocked restrooms.
PRESS RELEASE – OCTOBER 8, 2012
HARTT ESTATE SALE TO BENEFIT BELLE ISLE AQUARIUM
INDIAN VILLAGE ESTATE SALE – 8000 SQUARE FOOT MANSION
“WHERE WHITNEY HOUSTON & SPARKLE WAS FILMED”
OCTOBER 11, 12, 13 & 14, 2012 9:00-5:00PM
The Hartt Estate Sales will conduct a four day estate sale at 2455 Iroquois,
Detroit, Michigan 48214. This residence is where the movie “Sparkle” was filmed in 2011 starring
Whitney Houston & Jordin Sparks.
The Hartt Estate Sales is very pleased to represent and partner with the
executor of this Historic Indian Village 8000 square foot Detroit mansion in
liquidating the high quality household contents to benefit the Belle Isle
Conservancy – Belle Isle Aquarium fundraiser efforts to celebrate her 108th
birthday and reopening on August 18, 2012. Monies raised through a $ 5.00
entrance fee and a portion of the proceeds will help sustain the current
The Belle Isle Aquarium is the only all volunteer run Aquarium in the country.
The Aquarium was designed by Albert Kahn and opened in 1904. After 101 years of
continuous operation, the Aquarium was closed on April 3, 2005. Thanks to the Belle Isle Conservancy, the Belle Isle Aquarium has opened one day per week. Admission to the Aquarium is free. Currently the Aquarium's operational expenses are supported solely upon
donations. For more information on how you can support the Aquarium with
donations of time and money, please visit the Belle Isle Conservancy at
The Belle Isle Conservancy, Belle Isle Aquarium Committee representatives will
collect a $ 5.00 entrance fee per person to enter this historical residential
estate. The Hartt Estate Sales will also contribute a portion of the profits
from this sale of the household contents to support the Belle Isle Aquarium as a
major corporate sponsor.
The contents include many of the household content items from the Shooting and
filming of the movie “Sparkle” and original owners Mrs. Jennings. This original
Walter & Michelle Chapin Jennings home at this estate sale was designed by
architect Marcus Burrowes (1864-1953), who took out the building permit on March
1, 1917 at a cost of $ 41,000.00. Mrs. Jennings (1882-1954) was the sister of
Roy D. Chapin, Sr. (1880-1936) the Hudson Motor Car Company co-founder and
We are excited to once again to be a corporate sponsor for another Detroit
Cultural Institution event of this important historic mansion here in Detroit.
For more information, please contact the Hartt Antiques Gallery at 313-885-5600
or visit www.harttantiquesgallery.com
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