Monday, April 30, 2012

Retired in Ann Arbor: Outside Kerrytown

The other day I was walking around Kerrytown, and took a moment to enjoy the quiet time, since I am usually here during farmer's market, when it is anything but quiet!

I wasn't in any hurry, so I also took a couple of minutes and read the historical marker, that I had walked by thousands of times, without ever really noticing.

Here's a short version:
1873-1930 Luick Brothers Lumberyard and wood planing factory was located here, making doors, sashes and 'fancy sawing' for the growing town.
 I'm sure that many of these items are still being enjoyed by owners of Ann Arbor homes.

In 1931, the land was given to the city to be used as a farmers' market.  From 1938 to 1940 a permanent market was built by the Works Progress Administration, a federal jobs program.

In the 1970s, this land, as well as the adjacent Godfrey Moving and Storage building on North Fourth Avenue, were transformed into the Kerrytown shopping complex.

If you haven't been in Kerrytown lately, be sure and go next time you're in the neighborhood.  Learn more about Gottlieb and Emmanual Luick, and the history of this spot, by reading the historical sign.  And check out the great selection of items in the shops in Kerrytown.

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