Facts about the Historic District

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any of Detroit's major innovators, leaders and stars once called this historic district home. The homes of Sebastian S. Kresge, founder of S.S. Kresge-now better known as Kmart-and Charles T. Fisher of Fisher Body still stand-along with countless others that tell the story of Detroit's uprising. See the dwellings of these famous Detroiters for yourself.



  • Berry Gordy Jr.: The man behind Motown Records lived in the mansion at 918 W. Boston Blvd. Gordy and his record company gave the world hits from artists such as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Jackson 5, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and many more.
  • Henry Ford: The founder of Ford Motor Company lived at 140 Edison Ave. from 1908 to 1915. According to Brian Ceccon, Ford and his wife Clara lived here while the Model T was being built.
  • Walter P. Reuther: You may recognize the moniker from the Detroit-area freeway named after this former president of the United Auto Workers. The labor leader lived at 2292 Longfellow St. during the 1950s.
  • Joe Louis: Boxing's celebrated Joe Louis, long-standing World Heavyweight Champion and the namesake for Detroit's Joe Louis Arena, once lived at 1683 Edison Ave.


  • The History: Boston-Edison Historic District received federal, state and city historic designation in 1974.
  • The Homes: There are approximately 900 homes in the Boston-Edison Historic District.
  • The Size: The Boston-Edison neighborhood is made up of a total of 36 blocks stretching from Woodward Avenue to Linwood Street and Boston Boulevard to Edison Avenue.


Experience the neighborhood with a little classical music this fall. Join the neighbors at a local home at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 to hear classical piano tunes played by Jacqueline Csurgai-Schmitt as part of the house concert series "The Sounds of Music." $35/ticket. For tickets and more information, visit HistoricBostonEdison.org.


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