Annapolis Park Historic District

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Annapolis Park Historic District
Annapolis Park A.jpg
Looking east on Hanover
Annapolis Park Historic District is located in Michigan
Annapolis Park Historic District
Location Julius, Matthew, Hanover, Farnum, Alan, and Paul, Westland, Michigan
Coordinates 42°16′14″N 83°19′59″W / 42.27056°N 83.33306°W / 42.27056; -83.33306Coordinates: 42°16′14″N 83°19′59″W / 42.27056°N 83.33306°W / 42.27056; -83.33306
Area 71 acres (29 ha)
Built 1953
Architectural style Modern Movement
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 06000405[1]
Added to NRHP May 18, 2006

The Annapolis Park Historic District is a historic district located along Julius, Matthew, Hanover, Farnum, Alan, and Paul Streets in Westland, Michigan, covering 71 acres (290,000 m2) and 351 buildings.[1] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.[1]

History[edit]

Looking north on Julius
Looking south on Julius

During World War II, the African-American population in Detroit ballooned to 300,000 residents.[2] However, blacks were restricted in where they could live due to housing covenants, overpriced rent, and other forms of discrimination.[2] To alleviate the shortage of housing space, Julius and William Schwartz platted the Annapolis Park suburb in Westland in 1953 specifically for African-Americans.[2] The brothers also established the Franklin Mortgage Company to make loans to residents.[2] By 1957, all 354 lots in the subdivision had sold.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d e State of Michigan historic marker from the state of Michigan, retrieved 1/18/10