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Plan could save Detroit home of Ulysses S. Grant

April 13, 2018

DETROIT (AP) — A historic Detroit home where former U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant lived may be moved and renovated into an education center.

The two-story white clapboard house sits in disrepair with holes in the walls and trash piled in rooms, the Detroit News reported . Grant lived in the house before the Civil War as a young officer in the mid-1800s.

The home has been at the former Michigan State Fairgrounds since 1936. The deteriorating structure was built more than 180 years ago.

Plans are in the works to move the old home of the 18th U.S. president to the Eastern Market area. The remodeled house could host historical programming and serve as a community space.

Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources would run the education center, said Sandra Clark, director of the Michigan History Center in Lansing.

Historical preservationists have attempted to save and restore Grant’s home for years, but all past efforts have failed.

“It’s one of the oldest surviving structures in the city of Detroit,” said Dan Austin, author of several books about Detroit history. “Grant is one of only two presidents who lived in Michigan. The other is Gerald Ford.”

Funding and other approvals haven’t been finalized, according to officials for Eastern Market Corp. and the Michigan Historical Commission.

“I hope we can say something publicly by the end of the month,” said Dan Carmody, president of Eastern Market Corp. “This is a complicated deal with a lot of moving parts.”

The potential deal comes as the state fairgrounds gets ready to change ownership. Officials will know by the end of the month whether the plan will move forward.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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