Annapolis Park Historic District

Julius, Matthew, Hanover, Farnum, Alan, and Paul, Westland, Michigan

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Nov. 2013

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Description 

Michigan Historical Marker reads: During World War II Detroit's black population doubled from 150,000 to 300,000 and faced the extreme housing shortage that had existed since the early twentieth century. Restrictive covenants, inflated rents, and other discriminatory practices confined blacks to certain areas and hindered their ability to purchase property. In 1953 Julius Schwartz and several partners broke ground for Annapolis Park, a modern suburban neighborhood for African Americans. Because few banks would approve loans for potential buyers, Schwartz and his brother-in-law Jack Kellman established the Franklin Mortgage Company. By 1957 Annapolis Park's 354 lots were fully developed and African American families were able to live in a well- built home with "Nice trees, nice country living."

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 18, 2006
Reference number
06000405
Architectural style
Modern Movement
Areas of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Black; Social History
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
District
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure
Current functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure
Period of significance
1950-1974
Significant year
1953
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 354

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