1506 Ferry park
Detroit, MI

Neighborhood History

  • Connector.

    1875

    The City of Detroit annexes land increasing the city limit's north

  • Connector.

    1876

    As a part of the nationwide City Beautification Movement sweeping the country, citizens ofDetroit express their desires to have a grand boulevard that would encircle the city and mimicroadways found in Paris

  • Connector.

    1891

    Detroit’s Mayor Hazen Pingree breaks ground on the construction of a twelve mile stretch ofroad to become known as the Grand Boulevard.

  • Connector.

    1909

    The Warren Motor Car Co. building is constructed at 1331 Holden Avenue. While the originalowner Homer Warren was not able to profit from his 30 hp 4 cyl roadsters, a later owner by thename of Henry Leyland who had been influential in the Cadillac Motor Co is rumored to havebuilt the Lincoln Motor Co in this same building.

  • Connector.

    1909

    Just blocks away from the Warren Motor Co, the neighborhood surrounding the property at 1506Ferry Park is being developed for residential housing

  • Connector.

    1915

    Henry Ford opens a 48 patient hospital staffed with doctors from Johns Hopkins. The hospitalbearing his name was located on the edge of the city limits at Hamilton and West GrandBoulevard directly north of the newly constructed house at 1506 Ferry Park.

  • Connector.

    1927

    William Durant decides to construct a fifteen-story building to house the General MotorsCompany in the New Center area on West Grand Boulevard, between Cass and Second. Thebuilding was originally named after Durant but was later changed to the General Motors Building.It had served as the company's World Headquarters until 2001 when it moved the last of itsemployees to the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.

  • Connector.

    1928

    The Fisher Brothers commission world renowned architect Albert Kahn to design a 30 storyskyscraper to be located adjacent to the General Motors Building. The location of was chosendue in part to their vested interests in General Motors Company after having just sold them theFisher Body Company.

  • Connector.

    1953

    The first leg of the John C Lodge Freeway was constructed and the nearby I-94 connection was the firstfreeway-to- freeway interchange in the United States. The official dedication for this major highway tookplace on November 7, 1957.

  • Connector.

    1959

    Approximately ½ mile away from the 1506 Ferry Park home , Berry Gordy purchases the property whichwill become known as Motown's Hitsville USA.

Occupancy History

  • Connector.

    1916

    The 1st known occupant to live in the house is E. Williams

  • Connector.

    1917

    Edward Menefee then lived in the home for three years

  • Connector.

    1920

    Richard Wade purchased the property. The Wade family would remain in the housethrough the 1970s with Mrs. Anna Wade listed as the primary resident

  • Connector.

    1973

    Beatrice Wade is listed as the primary resident associated with this property

  • Connector.

    1991

    Allen and Bessie Birt own the house

  • Connector.

    2000

    Melvin Meyers and Paula Lee purchase the home from the Birt's

  • Connector.

    2010

    After being sold to three different owners, the property goes into Tax Foreclosure

  • Connector.

    2015

    The deconstructed wood from the house once found at 1506 Ferry Park has beencreatively repurposed by The End Grain Woodworking Co.

Sources: 

City of Detroit Buildings and Safety Department

City of Detroit, Assessment Division, (Detroit, MI)

Detroit, MI, City Directories, 1890-1960, (Detroit, MI; The Burton Historical Collection)

The City of Detroit, Michigan, 1701-1922, Volume 1 By Clarence Monroe Burton, William

Stocking, Gordon K. Miller

Wayne County, Treasurer’s Office, (Detroit, MI)