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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, 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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

    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.

  • Tuesday, December 06, 2016 3:23 PM | Michael Mowers (Administrator)

    Maureen Feighan, Detroit News, December 2, 2016 (The Boston-Edison Home Tour and a new neighbor!)

    Texan Dottie Adair is candid about her Detroit knowledge before she moved here in early 2014. She could barely spell it, let alone say where exactly it was in Michigan, Adair admits.... Today, Adair lives in a 1922 Georgian Colonial in the city's Boston-Edison neighborhood, from which she manages a couple handfuls of investment homes in the city. Her 4,000 square foot house is one of five historically significant homes that will be featured on the neighborhood's sold-out Holiday Home Tour Dec. 11.


  • Tuesday, September 13, 2016 3:26 PM | Michael Mowers (Administrator)

    Daniel Bethencourt, Detroit Free Press, September 13, 2016 (Joe Louis's home gets a rehab.)

    For the last five or so years, a home once owned by boxing legend Joe Louis had been in dramatic decline. The four-bedroom property in Detroit's Boston-Edison neighborhood sported a partially caved-in roof, peeling paint and dumpsters full of past occupants' abandoned belongings.

    The home has since had a dramatic facelift, and has hit the market on sale for $280,000.

  • Sunday, July 10, 2016 3:29 PM | Michael Mowers (Administrator)

    Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, July 10, 2016 (Touring the Motown Mansion)

    We know this flashy mansion best as the longtime home of Motown founder Berry Gordy and the site of Motown's famous celebrations, but it has always had an illustrious life.

    Before its walls rocked with the talent, the parties and the big personalities of Motown Records, the Michelson Mansion was one of the fine palaces built by Michigan's early lumbermen. The interior wood carving attests to this, alongside elaborate ceilings, carved Italian marble and stained-glass windows, some in bronze frames.

  • Wednesday, December 16, 2015 6:39 AM | Andrew Moskalik (Administrator)

    Tanya Moutzalias, MLive, December 16, 2015 (Touring the Fisher Mansion)

    Decorated for the holidays, the Charles T. Fisher mansion opened its door for a rare tour inside.

    The 1922 English Tudor-style mansion was built for Charles and Sarah Fisher by architect George D. Mason. Mason also designed the Ransom Gillis House, the Belle Isle Aqurium and Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel.

    The house on W. Boston Blvd. is the largest home in the historic Boston-Edison district with 15,000-square-feet, making it 18,000 with the carriage house.

    The neighborhood, located in the geographic center of Detroit, attracted the city's wealthy and most influential automotive and business leaders in the early twentieth century.

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