Franklin Boulevard Historic District

Roughly bounded by Grand Trunk Western RR, Orchard Lake Ave., Miller and W. Huron Sts., Pontiac, Michigan


Sept. 2012

Photo taken by Rattrak



Street View 


A Michigan Historical Marker at Franklin Blvd. and Huron St. reads: Franklin Boulevard Historic District

Built between 1845 and 1930, this neighborhood of 93 structures retains a turn-of-the-century appearance with its mix of Greek Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, Stick style and Colonial Revival architecture. During Michigan's early period of industrial growth (1880-1920), prominent leaders of timber, mining, publishing, carriage and automobile industries made their homes in this area. Most notably, the 1848 Italian Villa style Myrick-Palmer House located at 223 West Huron Street was the home of Charles H. Palmer, a nineteenth century educator and copper miner. Also significant was 269 West Huron Street, home to Oliver Leo Beaudette, whose father founded the O. J. Beaudette Body Co., believed to be the first to use metal on automobile bodies.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 11, 1983
Reference number
Architectural styles
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival; Victorian: Italianate; Other architectural type; Queen Anne
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Religious structure; Professional; Single dwelling; Multiple dwelling
Current functions
Professional; Religious structure; Single dwelling; Multiple dwelling
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1825-1849; 1925-1949
Significant years
1848; 1930
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 90
Non-contributing buildings: 5


19th Century (37,886)
Brick (42,462)
Built 1848 (280)
Built during 1840s (3,006)
District (10,532)
Exotic Revival (7,381)
Have Street View (47,023)
Italianate (5,114)
Michigan (1,956)
Mid 19th Century Revival (7,958)
Oakland County, Michigan (76)
Pontiac, Michigan (16)
Stucco (7,816)
Victorian (19,698)

Update Log 

  • September 26, 2012: New Street View added by Rattrak