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Bartleby the Scrivener vegan27
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From August 2003 to October 2004 Joe and I rented his childhood home in Fraser. Joe continued to rent it for some time after I moved out. For some reason I always think about that place.

I think what I find compelling is its unfulfilled potential for beauty. It's a simple late 20s bungalow, which is somewhat rare in a city mostly populated by ranch houses built in the 70s and 80s. The house is now rented by strangers, and no offense to you house renters out there, but renters do tend to abuse houses. I want to cradle that house in my arms, restore its wood siding, and fill it with period-appropriate Craftsman bungalow shit.

The house is located in the southwest quadrant of Fraser. This square mile, in surveying jargon, is known as township 1 north, range 13 east, section 6.

Here is that same square mile back in 1875:

And here it is in 1895:

A small section west of Utica Road was platted in 1912, including the property in question:

This is that square mile in 1916--and the house was still a decade from being built:

And finally, this section of land in a 1949 aerial photo:

There are 1920s bungalows in Detroit, but none in any area that's up to my hipster standards. Scott told me I can only save one house at a time.

Interior shots of the house can be seen from 7:32 to 9:49 in this video:


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