Encyclopedia Of Detroit

Eastern Market Historic District

The Eastern Market Historic District is located approximately one mile northeast of downtown Detroit. Originally located in Cadillac Square, Eastern Market first was devoted to hay and wood sales. In 1891, sales sheds were built to accommodate the market and it was moved to its current location and renamed. Additional sheds were constructed in 1922 and 1929.

After the end of World War II, Eastern Market became an important hub for the wholesale food industry, as more food processors and wholesalers moved to the area. At the center of the 43 acre Eastern Market is a six-block public market. The surrounding area is home to 80 structures, the majority of which are storefront brick buildings, two to three stories tall, with flat roofs and late Victorian detailing.

Today Eastern Market is the largest open-air flowerbed market in the United States and the largest historic public market district in the United States. More than 150 food and specialty businesses are located within the market district selling all types of goods including produce, meat, spices, jams, flowers, and poultry.

The Eastern Market Historic District was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1978.



Interior of Shed 3 at the Eastern Market, 1972 - 2008.033.393

Elevated photo showing Shed 2 and Eastern Market, 1972 - 2008.033.612

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