I didn’t know….



I posted the picture above a few weeks ago after walking through the Brush Park neighborhood, I didn’t know there was historical significance until today while looking through some picture of Detroit’s storied past of Civil unrest.  Honestly had the sun not been out and the reflection of the tile caught my eye I would have kept on walking down the street looking for some other interesting architecture to photograph.  Most people who are north of 30 in age undoubtedly know the history (albeit skewed) and stories surrounding the riots in ’67.  There was a lot of unrest and racial tension, fighting, segregation and all out racism in the early to mid 40’s as well.   The picture below is the same house in 1943:


“While a Negro’s car burns fiercely at right after being set afire by white rioters, Police fire tear gas bombs in white mob in an attempt to disperse them.”

Once an enclave for Detroit’s wealthy elite, the neighborhood of Brush Park and its victorian mansions had become an overcrowded slum neighborhood by the 1930’s. At right is 63 Alfred Street, also known as the Ransom Gillis House. It’s one of the last remaining houses on Alfred Street, which was all but vacated after the Second World War. Today the building has been mothballed and stabilized by the city, awaiting sale.  There is even a book about this house:  https://plus.google.com/111055936529838127483/posts




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