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Endangered Pentastar

Month
October
Year
2019

A unique structure on Ann Arbor's west side is for sale and its ultimate fate unknown.

Naylor Motor Sales' five-sided showroom on W. Stadium is based on the "pentastar," the logo comprised of five triangles that Chrysler introduced in 1962 to represent the five brands it sold at the time--Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge, Imperial, and Dodge trucks. "I hoped Chrysler Corporation would adopt [the showroom design] and make me famous, but that didn't happen," says architect Ted Smith, who designed it in 1965.

Fixing The Damn Roads

Month
September
Year
2019

It's been a challenge for the county road commission since 1919. The problem has always been money.

Ann Arbor Observer, October 2019

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October
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2019
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Ann Arbor Observer, September 2019

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September
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2019
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Which Perry?

Month
June
Year
2015

There's good news for everyone who has ever confused the two Perry preschools.

The former Perry Nursery School of Ann Arbor, on Packard near Carpenter, is now Foundations Preschool of Washtenaw County. First funded by the Depression-era WPA in 1934, it took its name from its original location: Perry Elementary School at Packard and Madison, now the U-M's Perry Building. The building was named for Walter S. Perry, a former Ann Arbor superintendent of schools.

The Many Lives of Burns Park

Month
June
Year
2019

Olivia Hall's savvy land swap created a park, a school, and a neighborhood.

Today, Burns Park and its namesake school are surrounded by family neighborhoods. But 150 years ago, they were the back pasture of J.D. Baldwin's fruit farm.

In 1876, Baldwin sold his house on Hill St. (still standing at the corner of Washtenaw) and seventy-eight acres to Israel and Olivia Hall. The west side of the property bordered the county fairgrounds, then at the corner of Hill and Forest.

Modern History

Month
May
Year
2019

Kristine Bolhuis and John Holkeboer saved a blighted Midcentury Modern home—and a neighborhood.

The couple—she's a jeweler, he's an audio producer—are fans of the sparse, clean-lined Midcentury Modern style. When they moved from Ferndale to Ann Arbor in 2011, they were delighted to find a vintage MCM house in Thornoaks, a small subdivision off E. Huron River Dr.

The only problem was the house next door. It was "in bad shape, complete with boarded-up windows, weeds and moss on the roof, and various animals coming and going at will," Holkeboer says.

Ann Arbor Observer, June 2019

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Ann Arbor Observer, May 2019

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Trinity Lutheran, 1893-1993

Its founding signaled Ann Arbor's growing diversity