10.30.2015

THE JAMES COUZENS HOME: BOSTON EDISON AREA OF DETROIT


The Boston-Edison District in Detroit, MI is a forty-five block area of large homes and mansions, the majority of which were built from 1905-25. A number of famous and influential Detroiters resided in this area, including Henry Ford. The neighborhood consists of hundreds of homes in an impressive array of styles including Tudor, Greek Revival, Georgian, Dutch Colonial, Arts and Crafts, Italian Renaissance and Prairie-Style.


This mansion (610 Longfellow St) is known as the James Couzens home, for whom the place was designed. Couzens was at the time a major shareholder in the Ford Motor Company who became mayor of Detroit and later a U. S. Senator. The 9,800 square foot home  was designed by Albert Kahn.




On December 5, 1922, James Couzens resigned as Mayor of Detroit to accept his appointment to the U.S. Senate. Couzens was appointed by Governor Alexander Groesbeck to fill the Michigan senate seat that was vacated by the resignation of Truman H. Newberry in the wake of election campaign irregularities. Couzens went on to be elected in his own right for two additional terms before his death in 1936.

TOUR INFORMATION FOR BOSTON EDISON IS HERE


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