VINTAGE POINT: Victorian house on Shiawassee

A note on this photo from the Heritage Room archives tells us this Victorian house, once located just west of the Baptist church on Shiawassee, was built in the 1870s by Fred Staman and demolished in the early ‘60s.

Historic photo from the Farmington Community Library Heritage Room. Contemporary photo by Maria Taylor.

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VINTAGE POINT: Grand River orphanage

This three-story brick building once stood outside downtown Farmington at 34700 Grand River, just west of Oakwood Cemetery and the Hitachi drainage pond. It was built in 1922 by the Methodist Children’s Home Society and was directed by a Miss Francis Knight. The current building dates from the 1980s, although it was built on the same site and faces the same angle.

Historic photo from the Methodist Children’s Home Society. Contemporary photo by Maria Taylor.

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For those of us who get really excited about old maps and photos, here are some “bonus” views. Below, the building shows up on a 1926 Sanborn fire insurance map:

And in an 1930 aerial shot of the town:

Here is the area in 1940 (photo from Oakland County Property Gateway). You can see that the building is still standing:

In 1963:

Another aerial shot from the 1960s:

1980. Looks like it’s gone now:

1990. Now the current building shows up:

And today, as Google Maps shows us:

There—now you know!

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VINTAGE POINT: Lumber yard

Some hundred years ago, you could buy lumber and coal at the Amos Otis lumber yard, located at the site of what is now Bellacino’s on the north side of Grand River.

See the then-and-now slider here.

Historic photo from the Farmington Community Library Heritage Room. Contemporary photo by Maria Taylor.

VINTAGE POINT is Preservation Farmington’s photo column, featuring an exclusive focus on Farmington history: a look at our city through the lens of time. Look for Vintage Point every other week in the Farmington Observer and Farmington Voice and on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We also keep an archive of all past issues on our website under the Vintage Point tab.

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VINTAGE POINT: Grand River, south side

This downtown Farmington postcard was taken in 1948 and mailed in 1951. The brick building with double front windows, still standing at the east side of The Village Mall on Grand River, was Mac’s Five and Dime. The little white barber shop, just to the right, is now Bead Bohemia. The Kroger, at left, is now The Rocking Horse embroidery shop.

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Historic photo from the collections of Les Newcomer. Contemporary photo by Les Newcomer.

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VINTAGE POINT: Grand River residential

This historic house stands at 33712 Grand River, just west of Cass in downtown Farmington. It was built in 1920.

Historic photo from the Farmington Community Library Heritage Room. Contemporary photo by Maria Taylor.

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VINTAGE POINT: Grand River & Grove

In the early 1900s, residential houses occupied much of what is now retail space in downtown Farmington–like Dress Barn at Grand River and Grove.

Historic photo from the Farmington Community Library Heritage Room. Contemporary photo by Maria Taylor.

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VINTAGE POINT: Botsford Inn

Farmington Hills’ historic Botsford Inn was built in 1836. Henry Ford bought it in 1924 and moved it back from the road, where it still stands today, surrounded by the Beaumont Hospital complex at Grand River and Eight Mile.

Historic photo from the Farmington Community Library Heritage Room. Contemporary photo by Maria Taylor.

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VINTAGE POINT: Quaker meetinghouse

This home at 34196 State Street, one lot south of the Quaker cemetery on Gill, was once the site of an 1832 Quaker meetinghouse. Subsequent owners built around it rather than tear it down; in the top photo (1957), you can see part of the original structure in the built-in garage. It’s gone now — the current house was built in 1993.

See the then-and-now slider here.

Historic photo from the Farmington Community Library Heritage Room. Contemporary photo by Maria Taylor.

Addendum, 3-25-17: Someone asked in the comments if the Quaker meetinghouse is still “standing” inside the current home. It’s pretty unlikely. Take a look at the aerial shots below, via the Oakland County Property Gateway website, for a little extra history lesson.

From 1963. You can see the house is the red box. The land above it, where there aren’t any houses, is the old Quaker cemetery:

From 1990. The house is still the same as above. That little rectangular part sticking up at the top of the house is the side of the one-time Quaker meetinghouse, which appears to have faced Gill Road on the left:

From 2000. The old house has been torn down. Notice that the new house is slightly south of the original spot, and another house has been added to the right of it, on the same lot:

Hope this clears it up!

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VINTAGE POINT: 33430 Shiawassee

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This house at 33430 Shiawassee, no longer standing, was reportedly built in the 1820s or 1830s and owned by Arthur Power, who founded Farmington. It stood at what’s now the western edge of the First Baptist Church side lawn.

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Historic photo from the Farmington Community Library Heritage Room. Contemporary photo by Maria Taylor.

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VINTAGE POINT: Grand River gas station

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1930s Farmington had a Hi-Speed gas station at Grand River and Grace (33604 Grand River Avenue), across from Thayer-Rock Funeral Home. Today, it’s Acosta Sales & Marketing.

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Historic photo courtesy of Michael Legg (thank you, Michael, for sharing!). Contemporary photo by Maria Taylor.

VINTAGE POINT is Preservation Farmington’s photo column, featuring an exclusive focus on Farmington history: a look at our city through the lens of time. Look for Vintage Point every other week in the Farmington Observer and Farmington Voice and on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We also keep an archive of all past issues on our website under the Vintage Point tab.

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