Sunday, September 13, 2015

Plymouth proud of its "Garrick House"

The city of Plymouth, MI is embracing its own unique piece of Houdini history by sharing the story of "Garrick House" on the Plymouth, MI Discoveries website and Facebook. I covered this property back in 2008, but it's worth a revisit. I'll let the good folks at Plymouth Discoveries tell the story themselves.

46227 Ann Arbor Rd, Built in 1928 by George Smith. This home has a unique story unlike any other when it comes to the building materials used to build this brick colonial style home. Interestingly enough, there are bricks that were repurposed from the World famous Garrick Theatre in Detroit. The Garrick theatre is where Harry Houdini performed for the last time before passing away on October 31st, 1926. In 1928 the theatre located on Griswold was razed and George Smith acquired bricks from the old theatre to help build his dream home. When completed, this home was equipped with some the most modern amenities at the time. World renowned magician David Copperfield also has a brick from this home on display at the International Museum & Library of the Conjuring Arts in Las Vegas. Through the years, this home has been maintained and virtually kept in its original condition. The current owners have continued to keep this great Plymouth landmark in excellent shape and are proud of its mystifying building material history. Considering its location on Ann Arbor Road, there are literally thousands of cars that drive by this home not having a clue of its phenomenal creation. Now that you know, you can share this story and be proud of another great piece of Plymouth history.

Plymouth, MI Discoveries is maintained by Jim Salamay, volunteer at the Plymouth Historical Museum. The site of the Garrick Theater is now occupied by the David Stott Building in Detroit.

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