Encyclopedia Of Detroit

Woodbridge Farms Historic District

The Woodbridge Farms Historic District, which holds local historic designation, began in the early 1870s when two leaders of the Detroit real estate business, Henry Clay Hodges and Charles Carroll Hodges, engaged in the tentative building of houses in the Woodbridge Farms area of Detroit. 

The original inhabitants of Woodbridge Farms mainly consisted of a blend of merchants, professionals, industrialists, and widows. Prominent early residents included the co-founder of the Wagner Company Esselstyn Bakery; a partner in Hitchcock & Co., wholesale woolens and tailors; a conductor with the Michigan Central Rail Roads; a member of the M.H. Chamberlain & Co. wholesale wine and liquor; and a proprietor of Michigan Steam Laundry. Additional occupants of the area included a dealer in sewing machines, pianos, and organs; and a builder. 

The architecture of the buildings in the Woodbridge Farms Historic District ranges from single-family, Second Empire style homes of the 1870s, to apartment buildings from the 1920s. The District’s location spans from the east side of Trumbull Street to both sides of Lincoln Avenue, from Canfield to Grand River.

Written by Julia Teran