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The Stanley Knauss House
22301 Cherry Hill
Year Built: 1930
Stanley Knauss was an early aviation pioneer who once lived in this house. It was built on Cherry Hill when it was still known as Northview Street during a period of rapid growth for the city. Dearborn’s population increased by 415 percent during the years 1923-1929. It was the highest rate for any suburb in the Detroit area. The curre
The A.A. Backus House
22184 Long Boulevard
Year Built: 1936
Arthur Backus was the personal assistant to Edsel Ford. His job took him around the world, where he saw the most beautiful houses of the time. When Edsel built his Grosse Point mansion, Arthur observed the process. When it was time to build his own house, Arthur, like his boss Edsel, chose a Tudor design to express his good taste and appre
The Theodore Gehle House
222 River Lane
Year Built: 1929
Ted Gehle started working at Henry Ford's tractor plant 1917. He moved to the Ford Rouge plant where he was a key player in developing the concept of "vertical integration" regarding the steel, glass, tires and other materials needed to build a vehicle. That concept changed the industry and the world. He no doubt brought that same attenti
The Knauss Matthews House
Year Built: 1929
Stanley Knauss, a key executive of Stout Metal Airplane Company, located in Dearborn, lived here. Knauss introduced industry firsts such as aiirline stewards, uniformed pilots and safety checklists for pilots. Stout, the world's first maker of an all-metal airplane, was purchased by Ford, when the plane became the Ford Trimotor. Read more.
The Francis Jehl House
Year Built: 1932
Francis Jehl, Thomas Edison’s friend, personal assistant, and friend of Henry Ford, lived in this Colonial Revival house. Jehl stood beside Edison at the first successful lighting of the electric light bulb in 1879. This house was likely built for Jehl by Henry Ford. Jehl was curator of the Edison Collection at Greenfield Village.
Join Cristina Sheppard-Decius, manager of the East and West Dearborn DDAs, as she discusses the value of a historic district ordinance to the city's retail districts. This meeting will be held at the McFadden-Ross House at 915 S Brady.