Brush Park, Detroit
Most of the houses in Brush Park were constructed in the 1870s-1880s. By the 1910s and 1920s, the rich had moved to more modern and spacious mansions in Indian Village or Boston-Edison. The Brush Park victorians became boarding houses for auto factory workers. At one time about 40 people lived in the Ransom Gillis house according to a census. Decay set in in the later part of the 20th century. One house designed by Albert Kahn in 1893 became almost famous; as it slowly collapsed it was dubbed "slumpy". The facade fell off and the entire house was demolished in September 2007.

Only recently has a effort been put forward to save what is left. Crosswinds Development was allowed to build new market-rate condominiums in the area but only if they restored the remaining victorians. This restoration effort appears to making very little or no headway with respect to the remaining victorian houses. On a visit in August 2008, I noticed that often the crickets living in all the unkempt lots were making the most noise. On the plus side, the approximately half of the remaining victorians that have been restored look great.
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