6568 Woodward

Background

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    Located at the corner of Woodward and East Grand Boulevard, this building is considered to be one of the two oldest in Detroit’s New Center Commercial Historic District.

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    1876

    In an attempt to partake in the City Beautification Movement that was sweeping the nation, citizens of Detroit express their desires to have a boulevard that would encircle the city and mimic those roadways found in Paris.

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    1891

    Detroit’s Mayor Hazen Pingree breaks ground on the construction of a twelve mile stretch of road would be known as the Grand Boulevard.

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    1900's

    At the turn of the century, the surrounding community was thriving with commercial traffic due to the northern expansion of the street rail and the opening of the Grand Boulevard.

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    This three-story mixed use commercial building dates back to 1896 when it was being used as a Drug store, milliner, and grocery store.

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    1920

    The building’s exterior had been modified to fit the changing trends in architecture.

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    1940

    Additional facade alterations which included a terracotta front and steel marquee.

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    1970

    Four interior dressing rooms were added.

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    After sitting vacant for several years, the building is being redeveloped as mixed use space for both commercial and residential units.

Sources

National Park Service, New Center Commercial District, National Register Nomination

City of Detroit, Building and Safety Department, Building Permits

Burton Historical Collection, City Directories 1920-1974