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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.

  • Thursday, June 25, 2015 3:29 PM | Michael Mowers (Administrator)

    Khristi Zimmeth, Detroit News, June 25, 2015 (A restored home in Boston-Edison)

    Karen Brown still cringes when she thinks about the condition of the Boston-Edison home when she purchased it 20 years ago. "It was in terrible shape," she says of the 1917 residence. "The pipes had burst and there was water everywhere." But her parents lived in the neighborhood, she had long dreamed of living in a historic house and she could see past the home's sad state to what it could be with a little patience. "This is the only one I looked at," she said.

  • Thursday, December 11, 2014 3:30 PM | Michael Mowers (Administrator)

    Maureen Feighan, Detroit News, December 11, 2014 (A restored home in Boston-Edison)

    The first time Jean McLemore saw the former Edward Fisher mansion in Detroit's historic Boston-Edison neighborhood, she didn't swoon, declare the house would one day be hers or start envisioning future dinner parties.

    Driving by the house after looking at another property in the area, the former middle school assistant principal simply told her husband, Andrew McLemore Sr., "That interests me."

    It's not surprising why. The 10,000-square-foot estate built in an Italian Renaissance style with 11 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms is incredibly interesting. Originally built in 1923 for Edward Fisher, one of the seven Fisher brothers who founded the Fisher Body Company, the house is a beautiful composite of lovely architecture, art and decor. Every detail, from moldings to doors to light fixtures, has been carefully considered.

  • Saturday, October 04, 2014 3:33 PM | Michael Mowers (Administrator)

    Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, October 4, 2014 (A restored home in Boston-Edison)

    This handsome house in the Boston-Edison Historic District has been restored to near impeccable condition. The shipshape lines of the exterior trim and the landscape - first impression when you approach the house - carry through into the interior, where every room has been brought up to original condition.

    The home, priced at $400,000, dates from 1917. Its style is Arts and Crafts, which makes it earlier and more straightforward than some much-adorned Boston-Edison houses that were built in the late 1920s.

    Instead, the beauty is in the proportions of big square rooms, the massive wood pillars, the heavy symmetrical woodwork - all oak on the first floor, all tiger birch on the second. The windows are especially beautiful  - arched Palladian windows across the front, real wood mullioned glass panes. They're all original, as are the French doors inside.

  • Monday, April 28, 2014 3:36 PM | Michael Mowers (Administrator)

    JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press, April 28, 2014 (Midtown Detroit's Live Midtown program)

    Strong demand among professional-class workers to live in or around downtown Detroit has led to an expansion in the boundaries of a program offering cash incentives for certain employees to move to the city.

    Midtown Detroit announced Monday that the boundaries for the Live Midtown program are now extended to the historic Boston-Edison district. The expansion applies only to a purchase incentive - $20,000 toward the purchase of a primary residence.

    The expanded incentives are available only to employees of Henry Ford Health System, Wayne State University and Detroit Medical Center, whose institutions provide funding for the program.

  • Friday, December 13, 2013 3:37 PM | Michael Mowers (Administrator)

    Maureen Feighan, Detroit News, December 13, 2013 (The 2013 Holiday Home Tour)

    Frederick J. Fisher, the eldest of the seven Fisher brothers who started the Fisher Body Company and changed the face of automobiles, seemed to have two goals in mind when he hired architect George D. Mason in the 1910s to design a home for him and his wife, Bertha: to entertain and to impress.

    His 12,000-square-foot house, built in an Italian Renaissance style in 1918 in what is now Detroit's Arden Park-East Boston Historic District, certainly does both.

  • Sunday, September 15, 2013 3:37 PM | Michael Mowers (Administrator)

    Megan Krueger, BLAC Detroit, September 2013 (An introduction to the neighborhood)

    Boston-Edison is a special slice of Detroit for many reasons - from grand homes once owned by some of the city's biggest names to a vibrant community of passionate residents who keep the neighborhood looking good.

    "There's a lot of history here," says Brian Ceccon, president of the Historic Boston-Edison Association and resident for 15 years. Homes in the neighborhood were built in subdivisions during three different time periods: 1905-06, 1915-16 and 1925, he says....

    Ceccon says Boston-Edison has always been a diverse neighborhood. Even historically, the neighborhood never had "restrictive religious covenants" preventing any group of people from living there, the site notes. "Racially diverse, socio-economically diverse, ethnically, religious, sexual orientation - it's just a very diverse neighborhood, and I think that's another one of the attractions," he says.

    Dorothy Hall, 83, has lived in the neighborhood since 1968. She says everybody who lives there is "really nice." "It's kind of like everybody looks out for everybody else," she says.

  • Friday, September 06, 2013 3:39 PM | Michael Mowers (Administrator)

    Paul Beshouri, Curbed Detroit, September 6, 2013 (An overview of houses for sale in Boston-Edison)

    Boston-Edison's enchanting homes haven't made an appearance here for a while, so let us take a spin through the listings in one of Detroit's greatest 'hoods. This list isn't exhaustive, but we've made a market sampler platter of the current listing crop, ranging from those needing a total rehab to homes that are move-in ready.

  • Thursday, July 05, 2012 3:40 PM | Michael Mowers (Administrator)

    Nicholas Köhler, Maclean's, July 5, 2012 (Interviews with residents, and neighborhood initiatives in housing and beautification)

    [The years of the early 20th century] were Detroit's salad days, and Boston-Edison reflected that glory. Here the Ford home is modest beside many of its neighbours. A district of leafy boulevards, stately mansions and handsome cottages stretched out over 36 city blocks just north of midtown, it was the domain of auto executives, hard-charging industrialists and retail tycoons. Sebastian S. Kresge, founder of what later became K-Mart, Jacob Siegel, head of the American Lady Corset Company, and Walter Briggs, who was, among other things, owner of the Detroit Tigers and Briggs Stadium—they all lived here, and all made sure their homes were stamped with appropriate grandeur....

    [In the 21st century] the community has hung on, even shown signs of improvement, and is attracting dozens of newcomers, thanks largely to the ingenious interventions of the neighbourhood's homeowners.... The people of Boston-Edison, many of them preservationists who withstood the magnetic pull of the suburbs, banded together. "There are a lot of professionals here," says Brian Ceccon, a retired social worker and a former director of the neighbourhood association. "They don't have to live here - they're choosing to." The homeowners began a policy of adopting empty houses, mowing the lawns and keeping watch. "We secured funding to purchase locks and secured the homes if there was a break-in, hung curtains, trimmed shrubs - just to make the homes appear occupied," says Pamela Miller Malone, a former neighbourhood association president.

  • Thursday, December 22, 2011 3:42 PM | Michael Mowers (Administrator)

    Douglas J. Forsyth, American Bungalow, Winter 2011 (Arts and Crafts architecture in Detroit in Boston-Edison)

    Boston-Edison is one of the largest residential historic districts in the nation. It constists of over 900 houses, most of them built between 1905 and 1925. From the beginning, it has been one of Detroit's premier residential neighborhoods. Henry Ford (1863-1947) lived here; so did Sebastian S. Kresge, the founder of Kresge Department Stores; James Couzens, vice president and treasurer of Ford Motor Co. and later U.S. Senator and Detroit mayor; Walter O. Briggs, auto-body manufacturer and former owner of the Detroit Tigers baseball team; Clara Clemens, daughter of Mark Twain; heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis; Walter Reuther, the United Auto Workers leader, and Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records. Boston-Edison has one of the oldest neighborhood associations in the country, founded in 1921.

    Download the rest of this article in pdf format.

  • Thursday, December 01, 2011 6:56 AM | Andrew Moskalik (Administrator)

    George Bulanda, Hour Detroit, December 2011 (Restoration of the Fisher Mansion)

    In the Roaring ’20s, the 18,000-square-foot house on Detroit’s Boston Boulevard itself roared with activity. The clamor of children’s voices, the bustle of 17 live-in servants, and the lively conversation of guests in the ballroom animated the home.

    There were also informal gatherings in the downstairs pub, the air choked with cigar smoke, while men talked robustly of business and finance amid the clack of billiard balls in an adjoining room. Sometimes the majestic Estey pipe organ in the foyer permeated the sprawling mansion with its stentorian notes.

    Fifty years later, those sounds surrendered to silence. The lady of the house, then in her 90s, lived there quietly, her circle of servants narrowed considerably, the children grown, her husband dead since 1963. She maintained the home until her death in 1974.

    Today, a different kind of noise is enlivening the home, which was built in 1922 for Charles and Sarah Fisher, of the “Body by Fisher” family. The rat-a-tat of hammers and the clang of plumbers’ wrenches punctuate the renovation taking place. Outside, landscapers are busy planting trees and bushes, while three stories up workers repair leaks to the slate roof.

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