The Michigan History Center, part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and Eastern Market Partnership are collaborating on the relocation, rehabilitation and reopening of the Julia & Ulysses S. Grant Home in Detroit.

Michigan History Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides fundraising support for the Michigan History Center, will manage the fundraising campaign.

Drawinf of the Grant home relocated to the corner of Wilkins and Orleans street.
Conceptual drawing of the Grant home’s new location in Eastern Market. Courtesy of Eastern Market Corporation.

The Project
Once moved and renovated, the home will become a public education and resource center, based around the exploration of Grant’s life. Its new location will be on the corner of Wilkins and Orleans streets as part the Eastern Market garden project.

The setting will complement the house, whose major attraction was “a garden filled with the best kind of fruit … a long arbour grown over with vines that will bear fine grapes in abundance for us and to give away … currents [sic] and plum & peach trees.”

Conceptual drawings of the Eastern Market gardens project show the Grant home surrounded by a small orchard and a kitchen garden.

Top-down drawing of the Grant home, located on a street corner, surrounded by gardens.
Conceptual rendering of potential Grant home use. Courtesy of Eastern Market Partnership.

Get involved to help us accomplish this project!
A grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority is funding the move from the former State Fairgrounds to its new home in Eastern Market.

The partnership needs to raise additional funding in order to rehabilitate and reopen the home for visitors. Efforts to raise the needed $500,000 are underway, and are expected to take two to three years.

In the meantime, Michigan History Center and Eastern Market staff will begin holding community input sessions to generate ideas for the use of the home once it is renovated.

Donate:

  • Make a gift online at our support page
  • Mail a check: Michigan History Foundation, P.O. Box 12331, Lansing, MI 48901