Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wednesday Mystery Spot

Dusty D was impressed with the number of correct guesses for last week's Mystery Spot. I thought that a grainy interior shot would be a tough challenge. As usual, no problem for y'all. Erica, Richard (who used to live there), and Joe nailed it: this is 113 Buffalo. As Erica said, it was recently bought by Stewart Beal. He bought it for $75,000 on 6/12/2009, according to the house's eWashtenaw property lookup page.

Clearly I've got to step up my game here. OK, give this pic a try. Since an interior shot is clearly no obstacle to eagle-eyed Spotters, how about a building that no longer exists? Where was this stately building? Take your best guess and good luck.


cmadler said...

The photos probably date to the 1901-1906 period, which is when this electric railway was know by the name shown ("Detroit, Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor & Jackson Railway"); in 1907 it became the "Detroit, Jackson & Chicago Railway". It was a subsidiary of the Detroit United Railway. Included in this was the Ypsi-Ann interurban that began regular service in 1891, the first interurban in Michigan.

Thomas said...

It's probably cheating that the filename of the first photo tells you where it is at....

Dopey D said...

Thomas: Just shoot me now.

Sigh. I did that when scanning it yesterday at the 'chives. Brilliant.

OK, this week it's not Mystery Spot, it's Blatant Spot. New feature! :D

I have a week to plot a new one, though.

This was the office of the company cmadler mentioned. The car barns were a separate, and troublesome, building.

BF said...

Darn... I just noticed the file name, too.

Oh well.

Not so much a fan of the *current* business there, as I was when I was a kid. Have you tried Korey's, in the old Huron Hotel?

Dusty D said...

Sorry guys. Brain blip. Hey, I didn't know a new biz had moved into the Huron restaurant space!--now that that shady poker "charity" is gone. I'll have to check it out; thanks, BF!

Lisele said...

Love the canna lilies in the devil strip. Hey, DD -- I'm interested in the landscaping of the past. Maybe you could write one about what flowers and plants were favorites in our city's history. Remember the cast iron urn I found and re-purposed for the Senior Community Center garden ...? It is now planted in orange strawflowers and purple heliotrope.

Dusty D said...

Lisele: I have wondered about plants and landscaping of the past. I have a list of greenhouse plants of the past somewhere around here...I'll see if I can find it.

Tell you one thing, if there's one plant that made the papers more than any other, it is the night-blooming cereus. Would you believe I have an ENTIRE FILE devoted only to this plant? It caught my attention since it was mentioned in the old papers.

The night-blooming cereus blooms for just ONE night. Owners used to invite folks over to see it, like a little party. Something innocent and charming about that. Hmm, mebbe I should post my NBC stories (only three, but still).