GROSSE POINTE (WWJ) – A historic house has been moved to its new address on St. Clair Avenue from property bought by Beaumont Grosse Pointe on Jefferson where the hospital is building a parking structure.
According to the Grosse Pointe Historical Society: the Cadieux Farmhouse is one of the last existing Detroit “Ribbon Farms” granted by France’s Antoine Cadillac to get people to move and help build what would become the City of Detroit.
“Being French we would go down to Monroe, which is French Town, and he personally knew General Custer and Custer gave him two hound dogs before he left for the Battle of the Big Horn,” said Cadieux.
Cadieux says he was never in the house before it was preserved the first time, around 1991, after it was floated on a barge up river to the Jefferson/Newport location.
The farmhouse was one of 11 bought by Beaumont Grosse Pointe to make way for more parking. The other 10 were bulldozed after whatever was worth donating was given to Habitat for Humanity.
The parking structure will have one level underground and one above. The entrance will be off Jefferson, eliminating a current entrance from the residential area.