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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.

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  • Wednesday, April 08, 2020 5:14 PM | Andrew Moskalik (Administrator)

    The Detroit News, Michael H. Hodges (Touring Detroit in your car)

    After a while, there's only so much lockdown a person can take. And while walks around the neighborhood are fine, after a while it gets old.And who hasn't exhausted their store of indoor activities and busy work?So here's a modest proposal: Get in your car and tool around the city of Detroit.

    Drive around the mansion district west of Woodward between Edison and W. Boston, and you can't help but be struck by the buckets of money that must have been sloshing around Detroit in the teens and 1920s.

    Two noteworthy houses by Albert Kahn are worth seeking out -- 150 W. Boston, built in 1915 for department store magnate Benjamin Siegel, and 610 Longfellow, which Kahn designed in 1910 for James Couzens, the Ford executive who went on to be both Detroit mayor and U.S. senator.

  • Saturday, June 08, 2019 2:12 PM | Andrew Moskalik (Administrator)

    Detroit Free Press, June 8, 2019, Judy Rose (A look inside the Kresge mansion)

    The grand, white Mediterranean Revival home that S.S Kresge built on Boston Boulevard will be listed for sale next weekend for the first time in 25 years.

    At more than 20,000 square feet, it’s one of Detroit’s largest mansions, and it sits on what’s believed to be the city’s largest residential lot — almost four acres, wrapped with a decorative iron fence.

    What’s more, the 1914 mansion, designed by the Cleveland firm of Meade and Hamilton, is in excellent condition.

  • Saturday, April 13, 2019 8:19 AM | Andrew Moskalik (Administrator)

    The Detroit News, April 11, 2019, Maureen Feighan (Motown, Berry Gordy Jr., and Boston-Edison)

    In the corner of a spacious pool house in Detroit’s Historic Boston-Edison District, where Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. once entertained music royalty, hangs a photo of Gordy himself, laughing with pop superstar Michael Jackson.

    The picture, situated in the very spot it was taken decades ago in the 1980s, is one of dozens of images that hang throughout the “Motown Mansion,” the home Gordy owned from the 1960s through the early 2000s. The photos tell the story of a place that’s more than a house. It’s a legacy.

    "There are many beautiful homes in Detroit,” said new owner Alan Brown, who bought the mansion in 2017. “There are a small number of truly historic mansions with the design integrity this has, but there’s only one Motown Mansion that has this legacy attached to it."

  • Thursday, November 15, 2018 7:05 PM | Andrew Moskalik (Administrator)

    The Detroit News, November 15, 2018. (2018 Holiday Home Tour Preview Party)

    Built in 1917 by lumber magnate Nels Michelson, the iconic Motown Mansion in Detroit's Historic Boston-Edison Historic District has hosted everyone from politicians to movie stars. Berry Gordy was the fourth owner of the 10,000 square foot mansion. And while it won't be featured on the soldout Boston-Edison Holiday Home on Dec. 9, it will open its doors for the preview party on Dec. 8.

  • Thursday, September 13, 2018 8:14 PM | Andrew Moskalik (Administrator)

    Maureen Feighan, The Detroit News, September 13, 2018 (2018 Junior League of Detroit Designers' Show House)

    Actor Hill Harper chuckles at the size of the investment he's had to make to bring the iconic Charles T. Fisher mansion back to life in Detroit's Historic Boston-Edison District, but it's worth it, he said on Thursday. And he hopes there is a spillover effect.

    "If it inspires one person, or 10 people or 100 people or 1,000 people to do the same thing, in this neighborhood or around the city of Detroit, then we're going to be providing jobs and beautification and that helps communities," said Harper, standing in the living room. "...This house, to me, is Detroit's White House."

  • Friday, August 03, 2018 9:48 AM | Andrew Moskalik (Administrator)

    Robin Runyan, Curbed Detroit,  August 3, 2018 (A look at five houses for sale in Boston-Edison)

    Looking for a home in one of Detroit’s most beautiful neighborhoods? Or just dreaming of fixing up a historic home to its original grandeur? We’ve rounded up five homes for sale in Boston-Edison right now, ranging in price from $299,000 up to $599,000. Some have gone through a total rehab, while others could use some love. Which would you choose?

  • Thursday, August 02, 2018 9:44 AM | Andrew Moskalik (Administrator)

    Maureen Feighan, The Detroit News, August 2, 2018 (Boston-Edison House Concert Series)

    Talk about a beautiful place for a summer concert: a home in Detroit's lovely Historic Boston-Edison Neighborhood. That'll be the setting of Boston-Edison's Summer Jazz Party on Saturday, featuring the Mike Jellick Trio.

  • Sunday, April 29, 2018 4:35 AM | Andrew Moskalik (Administrator)

    Maureen Feighan, The Detroit News, April 29, 2018 (Junior League of Detroit’s Show House Sneak a Peek weekend)

    Just how grand is the Charles T. Fisher mansion in Detroit’s Historic Boston-Edison neighborhood, the largest privately owned home in district?

    It has a ballroom and a small gymnasium.

    The ballroom is in the basement, which also has a pub, billiards room and liquor vault. The gym is on the third floor of the house, which was built for Fisher and his wife Sarah.

    Both were available for a tour Sunday as part of the Junior League of Detroit’s Sneak a Peek weekend that let guests inside the 1922 mansion before its big makeover as the league’s 2018 Designers’ Show House. Visitors on the tour were not allowed to take photos of the mansion’s interior.

  • 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....

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