DATE CHANGE Walking Tour Brush Park’s Grand Dames of Detroit’s Gilded Age

Special Walking Tour for the Drunken Detroit Historical Society

Brush Park’s Grand Dames of Detroit’s Gilded Age
Saturday, April 13, 10 AM and 2 PM
Meet in front of the Ransom Gillis House, 205 Alfred Street
Street parking available on Alfred Street
$20 (tour proceeds for graffiti removal and neighborhood clean-up)

Please note in the comments if you are going at 10am or 2pm. Thanks. We appreciate your prepayment for the tour, if possible. The payment link is:https://ipn.intuit.com/pay/PreservationDetroit
You can select the "Make payment without creating an account" option for convenience. Please note DDHS in the Invoice box. 
If you don't want to prepay for the tour, please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time for payment.

The Brush Park Preservation Society, led by Joe Grove, a guy too young to legally drink, has been painstakingly tending to Brush Park’s vacant 19th century grand dames for two years. He and a small crew of volunteers have been picking up trash, pestering the city about keeping the homes securely boarded, cutting grass, and getting rid of graffiti. His primary focus has been on a section of homes and lots on Alfred Street between John R and Brush, including vacant land through the city’s Adopt-a-lot program. The Society’s Facebook page has albums full of photos new and old, and snippets of stories about past and present residents. The goal is to keep these homes from suffering further indignities, make the area safer for residents, and more appealing to those with the big dreams needed to rehabilitate them. Sometime between Christmas and New Year’s, the neighborhood was hit by taggers, discouraging but not unusual. On March 23, Joe will make lemonade from lemons yet again, and lead walking tours of the neighborhood, with the proceeds going directly to the supplies needed for removing the graffiti safely from the century-old brick, and other spring cleaning essentials.
Joe knows the story of every house still standing and will be talking about some of the more significant houses in the neighborhood, such as Albert Kahn’s personal residence, the Ransom Gillis home, and several “new” preservation efforts going on in the neighborhood. Brush Park has a 24-block area designated by the City of Detroit as a local historic district, and is also included in the Woodward East Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the State of Michigan Register of Historic Sites.
The potential of Brush Park as a unique community within the city, with its remnants of Gilded Age and Victorian mansions, has been recognized for years, but redevelopment of the area has never quite reached a critical tipping point. With Dan Gilbert’s “Webward” pushing further north, and the juggernaut of Midtown rolling southward, Brush Park’s time may finally have arrived. It seems obvious that it will be the scene of battles over saving versus flattening its faded and lonely sentinels. What shape will that redevelopment take? How can its historic character and remaining buildings be included in the fabric of redevelopment so that the streetscape doesn’t end up looking like a generic condo development anywhere in any suburb in America? The Brush Park Citizen’s District Council, founded in 1979, is exploring options for the redevelopment of the neighborhood, with an emphasis on community assets and determining what residents would like to see in the area.

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  • Saiida S.

    Sorry I missed it. Please let me know of the next one.

    April 17, 2013

  • Lisa P.

    We will offer this tour again when the weather is warmer. We did have a decent turnout of hardy souls for both tours today, which the Brush Park Preservation Society and Preservation Detroit sincerely appreciate, since the money from this tour goes directly to neighborhood clean up and graffiti removal.

    1 · April 13, 2013

    • Linda

      Joe was a great resource of information on the neighborhood. It was worth braving the cold and a very nice tour. I went to the 2pm tour. Thank you, Joe, for the work you are doing to preserve the area.

      April 14, 2013

  • Michelle T.

    We had a great time today. Thank you

    April 13, 2013

  • dennis a.

    Great tour, thanks !

    April 13, 2013

  • Debbie M.

    I went at 2pm. It was cold but not unbearable.
    Joe was a great tour guide and very knowledgeable!

    April 13, 2013

  • KATE

    Happy that you'll offer it again when it's warmer...I'm trying to stay warm inside my heated apartment-BBRRRR!

    April 13, 2013

  • Kathrin

    Wanted to but can't make it. Very sad as I am such a old houses and their stories fan.

    April 13, 2013

  • Angelique M.

    Sorry--can't make it

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going to the 2pm

    April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    10am

    April 10, 2013

  • Theodore H.

    I'm going to stop by on Saturday, if I get out of work on time, and hope that there's room left in the 2 pm tour. I hope PD continues this tour! It seems to be drawing a lot of interest :)

    April 8, 2013

  • Matt M.

    10am

    April 8, 2013

  • Steve H.

    2 PM

    April 8, 2013

  • Todd

    2pm

    April 8, 2013

  • Nancy G.

    10 am

    April 8, 2013

  • KATE

    Can't wait-last time I toured Brush Park was over 20 years ago!!!

    April 8, 2013

  • Mark L.

    2 pm please

    April 6, 2013

  • Jill Gronbach D.

    2:00

    April 3, 2013

  • Jen S.

    I have grad class on the new date.

    April 3, 2013

  • Jesse F

    Do I have to buy tickets ahead of time or do I pay when I show up in April?

    March 12, 2013

    • Lisa P.

      We appreciate your prepayment for the tour, if possible. The payment link is:
      https://ipn.intuit.com...­

      You can select the "Make payment without creating an account" option for convenience. Please note DDHS in the Invoice box. If you don't want to prepay for the tour, please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time for payment.

      Let me know if you have any further questions. See you on April 13th at 2pm.

      April 3, 2013

  • Christine F.

    I'm a bit confused. I've rsvp'd, but have not purchased a ticket. Does that bump me off the yes I'm going list?

    March 9, 2013

    • Christine F.

      Spring will be lovely and perfect!

      2 · March 9, 2013

    • Lisa P.

      Hello Lela, here is the payment link:
      https://ipn.intuit.com...­

      You can select the "Make payment without creating an account" option for convenience. Please note DDHS in the Invoice box. If you don't want to prepay for the tour, please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time for payment.

      Let me know if you have any further questions. See you on April 13th at 2pm.

      April 3, 2013

  • Angelique M.

    2pm

    March 25, 2013

  • Paula C L.

    Hoping for nice weather!

    March 25, 2013

  • John

    10 AM

    March 24, 2013

  • Katherine P.

    Would love to go but I have a commitment on the 13th. I would like to attend if another date is added.

    March 23, 2013

  • DePriest

    2 pm

    March 23, 2013

  • jkerwin

    Sorry, last minure change of plans.

    March 23, 2013

  • Kris

    2PM

    March 23, 2013

  • Ken

    Greening in the morning, DDHS at 2PM, please

    March 22, 2013

  • Linda

    2PM

    March 22, 2013

  • Teri

    2pm

    March 22, 2013

  • Will

    2 pm

    March 22, 2013

  • Kathy B.

    2pm

    March 21, 2013

  • Chandra M.

    2pm

    March 20, 2013

  • Lisa Phillips changed the date and time from Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM to Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    March 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Look at the comment made by Lisa Phillips. There, there is a link to sign up for "first dibs" on the tour added for DDHS.

      March 9, 2013

  • Elizabeth S.

    Oh, no- the Meetup notice just came today and already both tours say they are sold out. What to do?

    1 · March 7, 2013

    • Lisa P.

      Hi Elizabeth, the Brush Park Preservation Society and Preservation Detroit are adding a date and time just for the DDHS crew, see comment below. Sorry, we did not know the tour was being cross-posted here.

      March 7, 2013

  • Lisa P.

    Hi everybody! I am doing the tour registration for this via Preservation Detroit, and I just found out that this got cross-posted here. PD and Joe at the Brush Park Preservation Society are thrilled to have such a great turnout BUT the tour is supposed to max out at 25 people so everybody can see and hear Joe talk AND there's already 15 people prepaid for it. We're not gonna turn anybody away for the tour on 3/25 at 2pm, but we are going to add a tour date and time that is just for DDHS people, in case you don't want to be on the mammoth tour, maybe with a before or after drinking destination? I will post the additional date and time hopefully by tomorrow. Thanks for being so excited about Brush Park! Link to official sign-up and prepay page:
    http://preservationdetroit.org/2013/02/08/brush-park-grand-dames-of-detroits-gilded-age-2/

    March 7, 2013

  • Nick K.

    This sounds really cool, but I'll be out of town. I hope it happens again.

    March 7, 2013

  • amy elliott b.

    This sounds awesome, I am way sad that I can't make it.

    March 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds cool, and a good cause...

    March 4, 2013

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