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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.

  • Monday, April 24, 2017 6:18 PM | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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.

  • Thursday, June 25, 2015 3:29 PM | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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.

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