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Detroit in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

West Canfield Historic District

 
 
West Canfield Historic District Marker (side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, May 10, 2019
1. West Canfield Historic District Marker (side 1)
Inscription.  
Side 1
In 1813, Territorial Governor Lewis Cass purchased the Macomb farm. By 1818 he had acquired "80 arpents in depth" of land extending almost three miles inland from the Detroit River in the form of a narrow French ribbon farm. Cass died in 1866. In 1869 his daughters Matilda Cass Ledyard and Mary Cass Canfield subdivided block 98 and donated 100 feet for an avenue, which they named Canfield in memory of Mary's husband, Captain Augustus Canfield. Lewis Cass, Jr. subdivided block 100 on the north side of Canfield in 1871. Many of Detroit's most prominent attorneys, physicians, dentists and architects owned homes on West Canfield. In the 1880s the area became commonly known as Piety Hill because of the alleged social and moral character of its residents.

Side 2
The West Canfield Historic District encompasses one block of West Canfield Avenue extending from Second Boulevard to Third Street. All of the houses in the district were built in the 1870s through the 1890s. The elaborate houses, with ornately carved wood and stone trim, reflect a variety of architectural styles including Gothic Revival, Italianate,
West Canfield Historic District Marker (side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, May 10, 2019
2. West Canfield Historic District Marker (side 2)
Second Empire and Queen Anne. Through the years the houses were being destroyed by neglect. In 1969 the Canfield West-Wayne Preservation Association organized to promote the purchase and restoration of the houses. The area became Detroit's first local historic district in 1970, and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971
 
Erected 1990 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number S311.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 21.06′ N, 83° 4.002′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of Second Avenue and West Canfield Street, on the left when traveling north on Second Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Detroit MI 48201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Unitarian Universalist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mackenzie House (approx. mile away); Hilberry Theatre (approx. mile away); Thompson Home (approx. mile away); David Whitney, Jr. Residence (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wayne State University (approx.
West Canfield Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, May 10, 2019
3. West Canfield Historic District Marker
The south side of the Sheridan Court Apartments is behind the sign. The West Canfield Historic District is to the left.
0.3 miles away); First Congregational Church of Detroit (approx. 0.4 miles away); Scarab Club (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
 
Also see . . .  West Canfield Historic District. West Canfield Historic District website includes information about each of the homes and their owners. (Submitted on May 10, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. Architecture
 
West Canfield Historic District image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, May 10, 2019
4. West Canfield Historic District
View looking west along the north side of West Canfield Street.
West Canfield Historic District image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, May 10, 2019
5. West Canfield Historic District
View looking west along the south side of West Canfield Street.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 10, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 10, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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