Bloomfield Blossoms: p. 120-121 Creator
Smith, Kay, 1925- Institution
Bloomfield Township Public Library Subject
Real estate development -- Michigan -- Bloomfield Township -- History Subject
Farms -- Michigan -- Bloomfield Township -- History Subject
Oakland Hills Country Club (Birmingham, Mich.) -- History Item Number
part of 'Bloomfield Blossoms' by Kay Smith Type
text, image Format
FARMS, PLATTED AND SUBDIVIDED,
BECOME LOTS, BECOME "HOME"
A section of the little book published in 1898,
"Birmingham, Its Past, Present and Future" is titled
"Prominent Farms in the Vicinity of Birmingham."
Of the 15 farms pictured, none remains today as a farm
(the Pickering Farm was not included in the book), but
several of the old farm houses are still standing,
surrounded by new homes in subdivisions which usually
bear the farm name.
A fascinating portion of the book describes the Miller farm
near Maple and Telegraph and pictures a Victorian turreted
ark standing on a rise overlooking apple orchards. The
write-up notes that the house has hot water heat, a
telephone, gas lights and a bath with hot and cold water-
not bad for 1898. Then comes a profuse and flowery
description of the reception room and the parlor
"furnished in a most elegant manner." The startled reader
looks at pictures of rooms crowded wall to wall with heavy
horsehair furniture covered with antimacassars. The walls
are hung with heavy mirrors and pictures draped with
fringed swags, runners are on the gate-legged tables, and
in every available corner, aspidistras in huge pots rise
several feet into the air. The reader then gasps to realize
this was the original club house of the Oakland Hills
Country Club, and was used as such for four years before
the new club house was built in 1920.
The development of the condominium complex at
"Wabeek" is an example of the orderly change from an
estate to a subdivision.