New Center


This commercial and residential historic district is positioned just west of the intersection of Woodward Avenue and Grand Boulevard, and is bounded by the Virginia Park Historic District to the north, the Ford Freeway to the south, John R to the east and the Lodge Freeway to the west. The historic district developed as a part of the northward expansion of the City of Detroit. Between 1895 and 1920, many single- and multi-family residential structures — constructed in a variety of styles such as Neo-Georgian, Tudor and arts and crafts — were built in this district to accommodate the professional class. Between 1915 and 1940, many of the single-family homes were replaced by apartment buildings. From 1923 to 1996, General Motors maintained its world headquarters in the district before relocating downtown to the Renaissance Center. Before it became a division of General Motors, Fisher Body was headquartered in the iconic Fisher Building. Other notable structures in the district include the Argonaut Building, the Albert Kahn Building, Cadillac Place and Henry Ford Hospital.

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