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East Grand: 1902

East Grand: 1902

1902. "Residences on East Grand Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

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The Grand Ring

It's nearly like traveling one of New Orleans streets that make a sweeping curve through the city, in that Grand Boulevard was designed to be much wider than most of the city's streets at the time, nearly defining with a lengthy semicircle the old city limits of the pre-1900 era, and certainly laid out with the intention of having plenty of room for the electric streetcars which would end up crisscrossing so much of the Motor City for decades to come. But it was not to be. They would cross it here and there, but none of the streetcar lines would ever ply any of this very wide Detroit thoroughfare during their long history.

See inside -- what a dump!

In 2011, East Grand Nursing Home was closed by the State of Michigan after numerous citations were found on an inspection. It had also started to receive complaints from the residents and some of the conditions were subpar. It eventually went bankrupt and closed.

Exact Location

This photo was taken somewhat north of the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and E. Grand Boulevard. if you turned around you would be facing south and headed toward the Belle Isle bridge.

Off to the right (and out of the frame of view) in 1909 the Anderson Electric Car Co. would be construct an electric charging garage for their "Detroit Electric" brand of cars.

Biking Bliss

It must have been wonderful to go for a bike ride and not worry about speeding, inattentive car drivers running over you. Just watch out for wagons and horse poop.

Nursing Home Alone

130 East Grand Boulevard, Detroit.

It was apparently closed down in 2011 "after numerous citations were found on an inspection." It's apparently been an assisted living residence for the elderly since 1947. A two-story brick addition was built in 1962, at which time the original house became primarily administrative.

A little more history and interior pictures as of 2015 can be seen here (a surprising amount of original interior detail remains):

And, an August, 2018 Google street view (different vantage point thanks to a large car carrier) can be seen here - talk about sturdy bones.

I See Dead People

A body? A napper? Kind of close to the road for a siesta.

East Grand Nursing Home

The House on the right side is still there !

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