9.29.2015

BRUSH PARK DETROIT: LITTLE PARIS OF THE MIDWEST RESTORATIONS

Restored 1880s home in Brush Park 291 Erskine of Detroit Michigan USA


Brush Park is a 22-block neighborhood located within Midtown Detroit, Michigan and designated by the city. It is bounded by Mack Avenue on the north, Woodward Avenue on the west, Beaubien Street on the east, and the Fisher Freeway on the south. The neighborhood is experiencing restorations of its historic Gilded Age mansions and luring new residents.


Native Scotsman, John Harvey had the one-family, 11,000 square foot mansion built in 1876. It is a classic example of 19th century Victorian architecture, combining elements of Queen Anne and Mansard. 

At the time, it was located in Detroit's most prestigious area, where department store founder, J.L. Hudson, lumber baron, David Whitney, and architect, Albert Kahn lived, along with other members of Detroit's elite society.

The area was called Little Paris, now known as Brush Park.


Beginning in the 1850s, entrepreneur Edmund Brush, son of Elijah Brush, the city's second mayor from its first incorporation, began developing his family's property, located conveniently close to downtown, into a neighborhood for Detroit's elite citizens.

Restoration in 2006 of the Lucien Moore House



C. W. Moore 134 Alexandrine W. Just north of Brush Park, deep in the heart of Paris of the Midwest, Detroit.

Other early residents of Brush Park included lumber baron David Whitney Jr.; his daughter Grace Whitney Evans; Joseph L. Hudson, founder of the eponymous department store;[9] lumber baron Lucien Moore; banker Frederick Butler; merchant John P. Fiske; Dime Savings Bank president William Livingstone Jr.;[10] and dry goods manufacturer Ransom Gillis. In the late 19th century, the Brush Park neighborhood became known as the "Little Paris of the Midwest"


Frost House in Brush Park, Detroit



1 comment:

  1. Kevin B Klein9/29/2015 10:18 PM

    The downtown area is looking great , if they could get the people to clean up the surrounding area then that would be a gamechanger :-) There are so many cool buildings in the D .

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