steve weidenbach


The Boston-Edison District is a historic upscale neighborhood located in the heart of Detroit.  Large homes of up to 18,000 sq. ft situated on plentiful lots of land occupy the neighborhood once home to many famous Detroiter’s, including Henry Ford and Charles T. Fisher.  Today the neighborhood is still very prominent, but nothing like it was in the early 1900’s.  Like the rest of Detroit, the neighborhood has seen better days.  During the great migration of wealth to the suburbs, many luxurious homes found themselves abandoned.  Now, there are still many homes in the neighborhood who are kept up wonderfully, but sadly not all of them are.  Seeing beautiful architecture abandoned like that really bothers me.  I wonder how people can just leave something so beautiful behind.  It is the same feeling I have about the Detroit Train Station, but do not get me started with that.

The houses in the Boston-Edison District range in architectural style from English Manor style, to renaissance style to villa type houses.  This classical european architectural style was viewed as a very prestigious style during this time period.  Unlike Le Corbusier Villa Savoye, the houses do not have free, open floor plans, rather they have closed floor plans with many smaller rooms, multiple staircases, and a grand foyer.  The architects of these homes include Albert Kahn, George D. Mason, Meade and Hamilton, along with various others.