Gilbert Mansion, 227 N. Grove St, Ypsilanti MI.

Built in 1861 in the French Second Empire style.

But the conductor, John Gilbert, wasn’t quite speaking literally, as the Gilbert Mansion was where he lived with his family. His father had made a fortune in lumber, and Gilbert worked on the Michigan Central Railroad as a conductor. In 1862, he built what is regarded as one of Ypsilanti’s most iconic homes.