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Exmotowner
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Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 2:01 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Guys. I used to drive down streets like Brush and just cry at all the houses in decay (to the death)and when I* was up there last year, I noticed a lot of vacant lots where some of the old victorian's stood.

I would love to see old pictures of some of them and any history that anyone would have. (where they were, when they were build, whoe built tme, when they fell down) etc.
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Detroitnerd
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Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 2:03 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Have you seen the Fabulous Ruins of Detroit? :-)
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Pam
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Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 2:29 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Find a copy of this book:

http://www.amazon.com/Building s-Detroit-W-Hawkins-Ferry/dp/0 814316654
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Exmotowner
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Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 6:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yes nerd I did see them I was just hoping people might have pics with some info as to who lived there. I just like history and architecture and detroit has a wealth of both.
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Pam
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Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 6:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

http://www.detroit1701.org/res idences.htm
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Old_guy
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Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 7:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Nice photo collection Pam.
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Pam
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Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 7:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

quote:

Nice photo collection Pam.



Not mine. Site is by a guy named Ren who posts here sometimes.
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Old_guy
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Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 7:14 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Nice photo collection Ren.
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Isle_of_fun
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Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 8:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wow what a collection thanks....Ren
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Swiburn
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Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 9:02 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ren has a wonderful site and I've encouraged people to learn a lot about Detroit's history through his work. He is a college professor.
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Bearinabox
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Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 10:20 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I thought this one was pretty interesting. An early 19th century log cabin in the middle of a perfectly ordinary residential block off 14th and Davison. First I'd heard of its existence. I'll have to check it out next time I'm up that way.
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Norwalk
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Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 11:51 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I always liked this one http://63alfred.com/
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Detroitbred
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Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 1:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Norwalk, I just finished reading the story of this beautiful house....very good read, fascinating and touching at times. I enjoyed this bit of history very much.
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Exmotowner
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Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 1:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Great pics and history guys. Thats what I was talking about Sooooo many beautiful homes there. I'd kill for one of them. (JK of course)
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Michiman
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Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 1:17 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Very interesting site Ren....thanks for creating it.
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Pam
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Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 1:49 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This one got overlooked on Detroit 1701:

http://www.theinnat97winder.co m/history1.php

ExMo- you can stay there and not have to kill anyone. Another inn on the same street:


http://www.234winderstinn.com/
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Exmotowner
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Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 2:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I need to make another trip up by myself. Everyone I bring up there with me is scared to death. I keep telling them I lived there most of my life and Im still alive (by the grace of god, but I dont tell them that part) LOL

Detroit is the only city where I am at home. Sure aint Nashville!
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Swiburn
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Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 5:39 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Pam-
I'll tell Ren about this Inn at 97 Winder. He's on sabbatical right now.
It certainly would be a great addition. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.
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Cuylerst
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 5:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Would someone be able to tell me if the home at 34 Alfred St (pre-number change) is still standing? I have tried to figure out the number change that occurred in the 1920's, but don't trust my result. Thanks for any help
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Kathinozarks
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 6:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wowee wow wow. I'm only on the Freer home and I've been reading for a half hour. This is a wonderful collection. Thanks!
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Ancestor_hunter
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 6:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Momentary threadjack.......Kathinozarks, may I ask where in the Ozarks you're located. I'm also in the Ozarks, just outside of Branson, MO. Interesting to find another Ozarkian on a Detroit forum.

Threadjack over.
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Kathinozarks
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 10:20 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hey Ancestor,

I am in the Arkansas Ozarks. Been here 10 years. I miss all the great things about Detroit and Michigan. Family and friends still there. Last visit was in 2005. Too long gone.
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Ancestor_hunter
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 11:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yeah, family and friends still there for me too. Got home in 2005 and 2006 but it was for funerals and didn't get a chance to drive around. Going home in May for a week. Already have a list of restaurants to get to.

Back on topic.......it's heartbreaking to see how much more Detroit has decayed since I've been away. I think when you're there the shock value wears off since it all happens a little at a time. But to be away for years and see the change, it makes me sick.
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Kathinozarks
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 10:49 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Seeing so many of these beautiful buildings still surviving makes me want to visit even more. Next time I'm in town I will actually NOTICE the lovely architecture of the City and surrounding areas. I've passed many of these homes a million times and never saw them. I can't wait to look around. And yeah, my restaurant list is growing!
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Exmotowner
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 2:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I used to drive down streets like Brush, Alfred etc and just cry because I could not have one of these to restore and be able to live there safely. What a great city detroit must have been back in the day.

Anyone with more picture would awesome. I love everyone of these old mansions.
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Retroit
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Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 1:39 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here are some pictures I took last October:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/r etroit/
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Retroit
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Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 1:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here's an excellent history book about Detroit that has sketches of Brush Park homes:

http://books.google.com/books? id=VywT-JZRnogC&pg=PP10&dq=sil as+farmer+the+hisory+of+detroi t+and+michigan+vol.+1#PPA499,M 1

[If it doesn't open on the appropriate page, the homes of Brush Park begin on page 446 (google page 499)]
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Ocean2026
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Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 2:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Retroit great pictures - I wish you put address and notes on them.

What is or maybe better what was #9? Think someone could wander inside of it?
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Retroit
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Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 3:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

#9 are two homes side-by-side, with minimal restoration. I think someone could (and does!) wander inside many of these homes. Although a few are occupied.

I really should do a better job of identifying these! Pretty lame, I know. I also should have taken some "area shots". You would not believe how many empty lots there are in this "neighborhood", i.e. so many homes are gone. I just can't get my mind around the fact that these homes were allowed to rot.
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Retroit
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Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 3:50 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

#6 is 63 Alfred. I'll try to add addresses to the others.
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Ocean2026
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Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 4:17 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks 63 alfred actually had its own blog
http://63alfred.com/

It seems to be totally destroyed now according to the blog- the current pictures are sad. Last bunch of years "crack dealers and homeless" only occupants. So yes you are right someone can go inside
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Ocean2026
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Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 4:20 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

On second look that can't be the same house-check the site -they even have a video.
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Retroit
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Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 5:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My picture is more recent than the one on that website. A few years ago, the existing homes were minimally fixed-up, and a bunch of signs were put up stating that these homes were going to be renovated. Those days are gone.
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Renf
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Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 7:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thank you very much for the nice comments
about the www.Detroit1701.org website. If there
are additional mansions or sites I should add,
please let me know.

I have the Inn at 97 Winder included. Here
is the webpage:
http://www.detroit1701.org/Joh nHarveyHouse.html
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Ocean2026
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Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 7:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Renf the castle at 530 Parkway was divided into 2 separate properties and it now lacks access to the canal. It is also missing part of the roof.

The Burgess Book home has been boarded up as vandals have come into the buildings and taken copper etc.

You have a great site - those are the only updates that I would be aware of.

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