2328 Carpenter
Hamtramck, MI

Background

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    1905

    The Briggs Manufacturing Company establishes an automobile plant in Hamtramck. Seven years later it would move to the Joseph Campau Avenue site as demand grew. During the First World War, much of this plant’s operations helped sustain the war effort.

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    1912

    Lot 5 in the Moran & Croul’s Subdivision of the N Ely 50 acres of ¼ Sec 22 was developed by prominent businessmen Fred T Morgan, president of the Peninsular Stove Co. and Frank H Croul, president of the Detroit Oak Belting Co.

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    1914

    The Dodge Brothers split as a supplier to Henry Ford and began production of their own vehicles at the newly integrated Hamtramck Plant. The plant which was originally designed by Albert Kahn, covered 75 acres and employed 15,000 men and women who lived in Hamtramck

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    1917

    The residential wooden framed structure that was located at 2328 Carpenter Ave was built by the Detroit based Haw Construction Company. This structure sat upon a concrete block foundation and it had hardwood floors throughout. There were a total of 11 rooms and three baths. The Interior walls were plastered and accented in pine trim. The exterior of this structure was originally finished with clapboard siding, but forty years later aluminum siding was installed over it. Composite shingles were used on its hipped roof system

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    1918

    Within a seven year span the number of vacant lots in the City of Hamtramck rapidly filled up as homes were being built around the property located at 2328 Carpenter Ave.

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    1987

    The house suffered significant water damage to the kitchen as a result of a neighboring house fire.

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    2011

    In an effort to alleviate blight and to revitalize neighborhoods, The City of Hamtramck partnered with WARM Training Center and Detroit GreenWorks Solutions to pilot an alternative program to demolition. During its deconstruction the diary of a young woman who lived there in the 1960s was discovered. In this artifact are the descriptions of her life which illustrated the unique time in the history of Detroit and Hamtramck.

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    2012

    The Carpenter House lives on as thousands of board feet of beautiful heart pine are put to use once again. The Diary that was uncovered during its deconstruction was reunited with its rightful owner at the Detroit Re-Nailed Reclaimed Material Competition. Pieces made from this house have found their way across the country as far away as Utah. We are pleased to share this story of the house that built our business. 

Occupancy

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    1919

    Property is sold to Antoni and Helena Brodacki

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    1920

    William Shea, a steamfitter resides at this house

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    1924

    Dominick Zubas, who was laborer lives briefly in the home

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    1925

    John Murkiwcz, a carpenter by trade makes a this house his home

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    1926

    Arthur Hans, described as a grinder by trade lives here

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    1927

    Michael Dulchavsky, autoworker and his wife Pauline call this their home

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    1939

    Michael Jankowski, machinist and his wife Wanda live here

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    1954

    Edward Tomaszewski resides in this home on Carpenter Ave

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    1957

    Raymond Yahner and his wife Anita calls this house their home

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    1970

    Catherine Barber lives in the home and raises her children and grandchildren. The Barber family sustains the longest period of any occupancy.

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    2005

    The house was sold to its last know occupant

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    2010

    City of Hamtramck retains ownership of the property

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    2012

    The house at 2328 Carpenter was deconstructed and its materials repurposed

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)