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Fairview Addition to the City of Albion, 1919

Registered: June 11, 1919
54 Lots

Registrants: A.B.C.D. Land Company, Arthur C. Hudnutt and Homer C. Blair

Blocks Included +
34-218 [partial]

Streets Included +

In area referred to as Germantown. Abuts Allen Place Subdivision and occupies large portion of area from Brockway’s Addition.

How would you like to purchase a lot in one of Albion’s more “elite” neighborhoods in thevicinity of Albion College for just $700? That’s what was available in the early 1920s asthe land south of E. Erie St. making up Elizabeth, Darrow, Brockway Place, and S.Hannah Streets was developed, Known as the Fairview Park Addition, lots averaged$695, and were offered for sale beginning in February, 1920. Lots on Brockway Placecould be had for as little as $385.

The area was developed by the A-B-C-D Land Company, an acronym for Albion-Blair-Cooley-Darrow, made up of Albion businessmen and investors, which had been formedin the 1910s. The firm developed the Brockway Addition, made up of property of the late19th century clergyman and entrepreneur Rev. William H. Brockway. Brockway ownedthe land in the area, as well as the land where the future Albion College athletic field wasbuilt, and what is now Victory Park. The land was then passed on to his son-in-law, Dr.Samuel Dickie, president of Albion College, upon Brockway’s death.

The George P. Garin & Company of Battle Creek handled the 1920 sale of the FairviewPark lots, which incorporated the earlier developed Brockway Addition. Garin’s salesmaterial advertised $1.00 down, and $1.00 a week for the first year. Circulars wereprinted which encouraged Albionites to get in on the bargains, and to purchase a lot. Atleast 20 of the homes that were developed on these lots in the early 1920s werefinanced at the time by Homestead Loan and Building Association, now HomesteadSavings Bank, presently Albion’s only remaining locally owned financial institution.

From our Historical Notebook this week we present two advertisements for this sectionof town, which readers can drool over when reading the prices these lots originally wentfor. The first advertisement boasts, “No Interest, No Taxes For One Year, No Paymentswhen Sick or Out of Work. $1.00 A Week.”

The second advertisement is more detailed, showing an actual map of the lots whichwere for sale, and a chart at the right showing the price of the lot. The “car line” shownon Erie St. refers to the Interurban railroad tracks which once ran down the middle ofErie St. through the 1920s. It is interesting to study about when different neighborhoodsin Albion were developed, as our city grew in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.Some of these developments are covered in my book, “Homestead Savings and Loanand the Builders of Albion,” published in 1988 and still available locally. Check out thisbook to find out when your neighborhood was developed.

Source: Frank Passic, THE FAIRVIEW PARK ADDITION, Morning Star, December 5, 1993.

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