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It's not only the residents of Boston-Edison who think the neighborhood is a great place to live.  The Metro Times calls Boston-Edison "one of the most appealing neighborhoods in Detroit," and "one of Detroit's richest sources of history;" and Detroit Home readers voted Boston-Edison the area's "Best Historic Neighborhood." We agree. In addition to the The Metro Times, both The Detroit News and Model D has profiled Boston-Edison and the surrounding area.  Curbed Detroit covers the neighborhood extensively, and Experience Detroit includes the neighborhood on its tour of historic neighborhoods.

Excerpts from Articles

A few sentences from a select few articles about the Boston-Edison Historic District.

  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 4:41 AM | Andrew Moskalik (Administrator)

    K. Michelle Moran, C&G Newspapers, April 17, 2018 (JLD’s 2018 Designers’ Show House)

    For more than 40 years, the Junior League of Detroit has been conducting its biennial Designers’ Show House fundraisers at homes in the Grosse Pointes. That’s about to change.

    The JLD’s 2018 Designers’ Show House — its 22nd house since this fundraiser started in 1976 — will take place at the historic Charles T. Fisher mansion in Detroit’s Boston-Edison District. The largest home in the district, the three-story English Tudor is just under 18,000 square feet and has 14 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, a gymnasium, a pub, a private chapel, a carriage house and a Prohibition-era liquor vault.

    It was purchased by author, actor and philanthropist Hill Harper, who’s now starring on the hit TV drama “The Good Doctor,” and who also starred on “CSI: NY,” the Showtime drama “Homeland” and HLN’s “How It Really Happened with Hill Harper.”

  • Friday, January 12, 2018 3:14 PM | Andrew Moskalik (Administrator)

    Tanya Moutzalias, MLive Detroit, January 12, 2018 (touring the houses of auto pioneers throughout Detroit)

    Boston-Edison home

    "Henry and Clara Ford lived here from 1908- 1915. The Fords were the first automobile magnates to reside in the Boston-Edison neighborhood," reads the Michigan Historic Site marker in front of the 1908-built 140 Edison St....

  • Thursday, December 21, 2017 4:21 PM | Andrew Moskalik (Administrator)

    Robin Runyan, Curbed Detroit, December 21, 2017 (Revisiting a restored Boston-Edison house)

    The house was purchased by New York artists Nik Pence and Margo Wolowiec, who moved to be closer to Margo’s family and to join the Detroit art community. Since then, they’ve restored many of the original features and they recently opened their home to the annual Boston-Edison holiday home tour. More than 800 visitors strolled through the home, and the owners showed Curbed how they incorporated the current Detroit art world into their historic home.

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:30 PM | Andrew Moskalik (Administrator)

    Maureen Feighan, Detroit News, September 20, 2017 (2018 Designer's Show House)

    The Charles T. Fisher mansion, the largest home in Detroit’s Historic Boston-Edison District, is about to get a serious makeover.

    The 18,000-square-foot mansion, which was sold earlier this year, has been selected as the location of the new Junior League of Detroit’s Designers’ Show House, the junior league announced on Wednesday. Dozens of local interior designers will transform the entire house, room by room, and then open it all up for tours for a monthlong period starting next September.

    The 2018 Show House will mark the first time since 1976 that the Junior League has selected a location in Detroit.

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 4:35 PM | Andrew Moskalik (Administrator)

    Ken Haddad and Alex Atwell, Click On Detroit, August 15, 2017 (Video interview with owner of the Motown Mansion)

    The Boston Edison estate sold for $1.65 million, making it the second largest residential sale in Detroit this year.

    Built in 1917, the 'mansion' includes 10,500 sq ft, and an 4,400 sq ft pool house. The main residence has 10 bedrooms, five full bathrooms and four fireplaces.

  • Monday, July 17, 2017 6:15 PM | Michael Mowers

    Dan Calabrese, TBD, July, 2017 (Life in Boston-Edison)

    Detroit's Boston-Edison neighborhood is nothing if not rich in history, once home to icons such as Henry Ford, Joe Louis, Sebastian Spering Kresge, and Berry Gordy. Mostly built and designed early in the 20th century, Boston-Edison is characterized by classic designs and majestic structures that have remarkably stood the test of time.

    That said, its present is perhaps even more remarkable than its past. Modern-day Boston-Edison reflects the same architectural creativity, the same pride in ownership and the same commitment to community that it did when those legendary figures called it home.

  • Sunday, July 16, 2017 6:16 PM | Michael Mowers

    Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, July 16, 2017 (The Briggs Manision - Stonehedge.)

    This imposing stone house on Boston Boulevard was built in 1915 by the Detroit Tigers' then-owner Walter O. Briggs. Among many signs this house was built for a rich family are the two built-in safes —one the size of a big closet for liquor, one the size of a small room for money.

    And you can tell the owners were deep into baseball when you see the library paneling. Built onto the wall, as gargoyles would be, are carved oak faces said to be Tigers Hank Greenberg and Charlie Gehringer with Yankees Babe Ruth and Lou Gerhig.

  • Friday, May 05, 2017 6:22 PM | Michael Mowers

    Christine M. J. Hathaway, Hour Magazine, May 5, 2017 (Pictures of Boston-Edison's 90th Anniversary Gala.)

  • Monday, April 24, 2017 6:18 PM | Michael Mowers

    Maureen Feighan, Detroit News, April 24, 2017 (Boston-Edison's history, and an interview with neighbor Michelle May!)

    Sifting through a stack of old photos on a table in her living room, Michelle May finds a picture of her great-aunt, Viola Spraggins' wedding, taken just feet away in front of the fireplace. Nearby is a picture of her great grandparents holding hands in front of the same fireplace, and a more recent photo of May and her husband cutting their wedding cake in the nearby dining room.

    The faces change in the photos, but a constant remains: the family's home in Detroit's Boston-Edison neighborhood.

  • Thursday, April 13, 2017 6:23 PM | Michael Mowers

    Maureen Feighan, Detroit News, April 13, 2017 (Boston-Edison's 90th Anniversary Gala.)

    It's a big year for Detroit's Historic Boston-Edison neighborhood: The city's oldest continuous neighborhood association turns 90 in 2017.


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