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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. VINTAGE POINT is Preservation Farmington’s photo … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Old Town Hall

A hundred years ago, the Masonic Lodge (23715 Farmington Road) doubled as Farmington Township Hall. It also hosted talent shows, lectures, Eastern Star dances, political meetings, and basketball games—although some council members thought the games shouldn’t be allowed, as the … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Peoples State Bank

The Peoples State Bank at 33312 Grand River (now Edward Jones Investments) opened in 1918 and closed during the Depression. For years, it served as Farmington’s city hall. “The clerk’s office is in the Farmington State Bank, the treasurer’s office … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Farmington Civic Theatre

Movies and air conditioning were both big draws for the Farmington Civic Theatre, as the sign in this late 1940s photo suggests. Historic photo from the Farmington Civic Theatre archives. Contemporary photo by Maria Taylor. VINTAGE POINT is Preservation Farmington’s … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Farmington Foursquare

This ca. 1920 photo shows the Foursquare house (23801 Farmington Road) at the northwest corner of Oakland and Farmington, with the Salem United Church of Christ in the background. The home and the church look very much the same today, … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Victorian house on Warner

This historic district house at 23700 Warner Street celebrates its 150th birthday this spring. During the Great Depression, it was repossessed by the People’s State Bank of Farmington, and fell into disrepair until 1935. The porch is gone now, but … Continue reading

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Six-month review: Looking forward

Preservation Farmington was launched six months ago today. It started last fall, when several of us on the Farmington Historical Commission resigned to speak out against new city plans that threatened our downtown’s historic character. Fans of Farmington history will … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Kids will (still) be kids

Times may change, but kids will still be kids. Here, Liam and Sophie Stacey of Farmington pose on the front lawn of the Governor Warner Mansion, where Warner’s grandson William Slocum (top photo, at left) and a friend once played … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Houses on Oakland

While not part of the Farmington Historic District, these circa 1910 houses on Oakland (south of Grand River, two blocks west of downtown) still show a clear throwback to their original style. Historic photo from the Farmington Community Library Heritage … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: The Pierce house

This 1894 house at 33928 Grand River was once home to M.B. and Ernestine Pierce. He was a barber. She was a member of the Ladies’ Literary Club. Historic photo from the Farmington Community Library Heritage Collection. Contemporary photo by … Continue reading

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