Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Buick & Sherwood Changing Hands.

This 1894 photo from the book "David Buick's Marvelous Motor Car" shows wives & daughters posing for a plumbers convention commemorative  photo at the rebuilt factory. The original was destroyed in a fire in 1892 then again in 1896 and even once more in 1898. Shown father below is a lawsuit against the insurer. This is the corner of Meldrum and Champlain, later changed to Lafeyette in 1914 . The address is 942-964 Champlain. The Standard Sanitary Mfg. Company that took over in 1900 would move out in 1906. I don't see where later tenants, Abbott car company or the Schweppe & Milt tool co.  or the A.C. Knapp top co., stayed in this location for very long.  Click on the articles below to read the originals.  G0 here for the current state of this location.  Go here for the Discuss Detroit web site and more from Kevin Kirbitz.  

                                                 David Buick's Marvelous Motor Car.

September 8, 1892


Click on for Buick vs. Mechanics insurance co.


April-October 1892.  The plant of Buick & Sherwood, manufacturers of sanitary closets, at Detroit, was burned; the loss $80,000.
                                                       December 1896-May 1897                                                                                                                     
Business directory 1897 showing the Kinney Disinfectant Co. with David Buick as the president.
March 14, 1896 second fire.
1897 Polk Directory                                                                                                                                    
1897.  Original link for Discuss Detroit.
This is the south-east corner of  Champlain, St. now Lafeyette St., and Meldrum St.
This is from the book  "The Complete History Of The Buick" by: Lawrence Gustin and   Terry Dunham.

June 9, 1898.
June-November 1898. Third fire.
                                                                   August 4, 1898.                                                                                                                                                       This may be the  new foundry on Beaufait.                             
August 12, 1898.
September 2, 1898. 
September 1900.
February 1, 1903.
                                                                                                   September 19, 1903.                                                                                                                               
1897 Sanborn Fire insurance map. The street at the left is 12th St., which is now Rosa Parks Boulevard. This is where David Buick went after the Buick & Sherwood Co. ended.  Link here (old & new house house numbers Detroit) for address changes post 1921 courtesy of Steve Huck.
1891 map.   Google Map link.
Two Howard Streets, go figure. The one at top is now Temple Street. Google map shows the 416 Howard address location in Grand Circus, Campus Martius which I believe is erroneous. These street designations do move sometimes. Original 1891 map link.   Click on the following for the complete history of the Grand Circus. 
The red arrow shows where William Sherwood located after their partnership dissolved. The blue arrow is where the Buick & Sherwood main plant was located.                                                                                                               
  July 1905.
December 1905 and Standard is building a new factory to replace the old Buick & Sherwood plant on Champlain.
1913 bathtub trust buster Detroit.
March 3, 1910 shows Abbott still in control of the old Buick & Sherwood plant.
January 2, 1915
1915.  See SAXON Company for the rest of the story on the following link: 

Factory #01 closed body receiving 1924.

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