31 December 2011

Good Bye 2011!

3rd St. Tags
Oil on linen/panel, 2011, 5x7"
Today's  daily oil painting is a view of an interesting building on 3rd St.near Selden in Midtown Detroit.
It looks like a commercial building was built around a two story house or a house was built on a commercial rooftop. Maybe to avoid some kind of law or taxes. Does anyone know anything about this? 

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David J Teter said...

Yeah, we have the same thing here in San Pedro, house on top of business.
Don't necessarily know about yours in Detroit but here a house that has historical value was going to be knocked down due to harbor expansion (years ago) and had to be moved. If my memory is correct, I think whoever paid for move and/or owned the house had it placed on top of another property they owned, a commercial property, by no other choice. I'll have to look it up again as I may have story slightly off.

It does look rather odd though.

BTW congrats on Making a Mark Award!

David J Teter said...

Skip or don't publish last comment, this one too. Had story mixed up with another.

Looked it up like I should have in first place.

Next comment is right

Postcards from Detroit said...

Thanks David, Yeah I'm not sure what it means. Thank you for nominating me for the Making a Mark Award, it was a complete surprise.
Wishing you the best for the New Year.

David J Teter said...

Yeah we have a similar house here in San Pedro, house on top of commercial building.
Don't know why yours is but here it was done for expansion of rail yards and fishing slips.

Excerpt below from LAokay.com

"It was built in 1887 by George H. Peck, who was an early real estate developer and benefactor in San Pedro. He donated a great deal of park land in San Pedro and named the parks for himself and his children. They include Peck Park, Alma Park, Rena Park, and Leland Park. Peck Avenue is named for him as well. The house was originally built upon a rounded bluff overlooking Timm's Point around 14th Street and Harbor Boulevard. This exclusive residential area with a panoramic harbor view was known as the "Gold Coast" and several nice homes of well-to-do families were located here. But expansion of the Southern Pacific Slip (now Fisherman's Slip) and the rail yards in 1914 cause the bluff to be cut down and the Peck House was moved. The house was moved to it's current site (about 3 blocks southwest of the original site) in 1915.John R. Kielbasa ..."

House is at 380 W 15th Street, San Pedro, Ca 90731 and can be seen in arial view and street view on Google Maps.

BTW, congrats on Making a Mark Award!