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Ypsilanti in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

220 N. Huron

A Home Becomes a Museum

 
 
220 N. Huron Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, April 16, 2016
1. 220 N. Huron Marker
Inscription.
This lovely building has been many homes.
It was built in the Italianate style in 1860, as our nation's Civil War approached, for the family of bank president Asa Dow. It continued as a home for families until 1922. As apartments, it provided vital housing for production workers at the Willow Run bomber plant during World War II and for Eastern Michigan University students in the 1960s. Since 1970 it has been nurtured back to loveliness as the home of the Ypsilanti Historical Museum.

"James, Edwin L. fctywkr Ford (Gen) h220 N. Huron
Lenix, Flortta fctywkr Ford (WR) h220 N. Huron"
Ypsilanti City Directory 1945

These are two of the WWII war production workers who lived in apartments in the 220 N. Huron building in 1945. Edwin James made electrical parts at the Ford Generator plant for jeeps, tanks, and other war vehicles. Floretta Lenix worked at the Ford Willow Run bomber plant.

"Meissner, Diane student
h220 N Huron apt 6"
Ypsilanti City Directory 1967"

This is one of the students who lived in apartments in the 220 N. Huron building in 1967. Diane Meissner was a student during dramatic growth in the student body of Eastern Michigan University.

You Auto Know
Visitors will find the best collection of Ypsilanti area history and genealogy
<i>Left image</i> image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, April 16, 2016
2. Left image
in this museum and archives.
 
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
 
Location. 42° 14.684′ N, 83° 36.777′ W. Marker is in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is at the intersection of North Huron Street (State Highway 17) and Emmett Street, on the right when traveling north on North Huron Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 220 North Huron Street, Ypsilanti MI 48197, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ypsilanti (a few steps from this marker); Ladies' Literary Club House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Presbyterian Church (about 400 feet away); Facing the Fire (about 500 feet away); First Methodist Episcopal Church (about 700 feet away); Early Days in Depot Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ypsilanti Woolen Mill Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Thompson Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ypsilanti.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ypsilanti Museum - MotorCities Marker. (Submitted on August 19, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. The Story of the House at 220 North Huron Street
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By Joel Seewald, April 16, 2016
3. Middle image
Museum bedroom
. (Submitted on August 19, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
3. Ypsilanti Historical Museum & Archives. (Submitted on August 19, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
 
Categories. ArchitectureEducationWar, World II
 
<i>Upper right image</i> image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, April 16, 2016
4. Upper right image
220 N. Huron in 1967. Photo courtesy of Ypsilanti Historical Society Archives.
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By Joel Seewald, April 16, 2016
5. Lower right image
220 N. Huron in 1950. Photo courtesy of Ypsilanti Historical Society Archives.
220 N. Huron Marker and Ypsilanti Historical Museum & Archives image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, April 16, 2016
6. 220 N. Huron Marker and Ypsilanti Historical Museum & Archives
Historic Structure Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, April 16, 2016
7. Historic Structure Plaque
Plaque on building between the two windows to the right of the main entry.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 19, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 177 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 19, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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