Encyclopedia Of Detroit

Fisher Mansion

Built by the most flamboyant of the seven Fisher brothers, Lawrence built his mansion on the Grayhaven Canal at the mouth of the Detroit River.  As a bachelor of wealth, Lawrence wanted to show off his fortune and had the mansion built close to the St. Claire River with boat wells to house Fisher’s 106-foot Margaret IV. 

Located at 383 Lenox, the cream-colored stucco and red titled roof mansion cost $2.5 million in 1928.  Designed by C. Howard Crane, architect of the Fisher Building downtown, the home has 50 rooms set in a blend of Italian, Moorish and Spanish styles.

Bought in 1975 by Krishna devotees Alfred Brush Ford, the great-grandson of Henry Ford, and Elizabeth Reuther Dickmeyer, daughter of the late UAW President Walter Reuther, the Fisher mansion is now home to the Bhaktivedanta Cultural Center of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness and a vegetarian restaurant called Govinda’s.

Written by Stacy Newman

 


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