Farmington Hills in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center
This lovely complex was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, 1929. It is an outgrowth of a foundling and maternity hospital called the House of Providence, administered by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent DePaul, established in 1851 at Larned and Randolph Streets in Detroit.
In 1923 a farmhouse near Twelve Mile and Townline Roads (now Inkster) was acquired; in 1928 a fire destroyed this original house. A generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fisher, Sr. made possible, with the purchase of 80 additional acres, the creation of this English-style Children's Village with a main building of Geogian architecture.
Mr. Fisher was one of the seven automotive pioneer Fisher Brothers who established Fisher Body Company, now part of General Motors. The Fishers were grateful to the Sisters for the care given their son, Thomas, who experienced medical problems as an infant. The complex was named for Mrs. Charles Fisher (Sara) and St. Vincent DePaul, patron saint of Charity.
In nearly 140 years of service, this beloved facility has cared for over 10,000 children, extending its
Erected 1990 by Farmington Hills Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1929.
Location. 42° 30.026′ N, 83° 19.185′ W. Marker is in Farmington Hills, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is at the intersection of Inkster Road and Twelve Mile Road, on the right when traveling south on Inkster Road. Marker is at the northwest corner of Inkster and Twelve Mile Roads. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 27400 Twelve Mile Road, Farmington MI 48334, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buckhorn Corners (within shouting distance of this marker); The Utley Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Eli Stodgell House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Nardin Park United Methodist Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Franklin Cemetery (approx. 1.7 miles away); Franklin Village School (approx. 1.8 miles away); Robert E. Cornillie's Vision (approx. 1.8 miles away); Kreger Farm Buildings (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farmington Hills.
Also see . . .
1. History of the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center(Submitted on July 2, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. Charles T. Fisher. Wikipedia article (Submitted on July 2, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
3. 5/17/06 Tour of Sarah Fisher Home for Children. Photos of the buildings (both outside and inside) and grounds of the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center from May 2016. (Submitted on July 2, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
4. Old St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher site to get new life as senior housing. According to Crains Detroit Business (March 2016), the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center will become the Sarah Fisher Senior Living Center. (Submitted on July 2, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
5. EHM takes over St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center. An August 2016 article in Hometown Life states that "It is estimated that construction on the site will begin in early 2018, with a goal for it to be fully developed sometime in 2020" and that development will be "preserving some of the site’s historical essence". However, there was no indication in June 2019 that any work was being done to the site. (Submitted on July 2, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 2, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 1,306 times since then and 526 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 2, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.