Bloomfield Blossoms: p. 114-115 Creator
Smith, Kay, 1925- Institution
Bloomfield Township Public Library Subject
Bloomfield Township (Mich.) -- History Subject
Bloomfield Village (Mich.) -- History Subject
Bradway, Judson Item Number
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THE WINDS OF CHANGE:
BLOOMFIELD VILLAGE IS CONCEIVED
Judson Bradway is always acclaimed as a man of vision in
Bloomfield, and rightly so. His was the 1924 dream that
signaled the change of Bloomfield from a farming
community to a residential community. "What's so great
about that?" you might ask. The answer is that the change
was going to come in any case, and Judson Bradway,
having developed iron-clad rules about what was to be
built and how, stuck to them and made a model for all
the subdivisions which were to come.
From the time in 1924 when he bought the Hupp Farm
and other land on the north and south sides of Maple
between Westwood and Lahser and generally from Quarton
to Lincoln, he kept to the origins of his dream to build a
beautiful little community of houses. Every house plan had
to be approved by his office. Certain stipulations such as
no garage doors opening on to the street were inviolate.
His rigorous standards have paid off as the beauty of the
subdivision--the village is not a governmental unit but a
portion of Bloomfield Township--attests.
Bradway hit on hard times in the Depression. Sixty homes
were here in 1928 and 167 in 1929. By 1931 house building
in the entire area had all but ceased. Bradway almost
plaintively asked residents in a letter if they were glad they
had invested their money in their homes or sorry
because the lots would not sell for a long time at their
former prices. Many sold against Bradway's pleas not to,
and although he lost one section south of Maple Road, he
hung on, and by 1939 things began to pick up. Several
houses were built before World War II halted all building
until its conclusion. From then on it was clear sailing until
today the Village is almost at saturation with 965 houses.
The Village has its own fire and police protection unit,
a very active local organization which oversees the mainte-
nance of standards, and a reputation for being one of the
best places to live in the whole of Bloomfield.
Judson Bradway, we salute you!