Lighting The Future

Streetlight Restoration

Streetlight restoration project, August 2015

Working on streetlight restoration, August 2015.

Indian Village, established in 1893, is one of Detroit’s oldest historic residential neighborhoods with its original streetlights that were installed ca. 1910. As part of the “Relighting Detroit” effort, Indian Village is embarking on an effort to restore its early 20th century streetlights with 21st century techniques. We are working with the newly-formed Detroit Public Lighting Authority and the City of Detroit to save, restore and modernize our original streetlights while maintaining the historic character and fabric of the neighborhood. When the project is finished, Indian Village will be the only historic neighborhood of more than a block in Detroit with original and historic streetlights.

As we focus on preserving and restoring our historic streetlights, we cannot do this without the support and generosity of the friends and supporters of Detroit’s history. Each year it is estimated that over 30,000 visitors come through Indian Village to get a glimpse of Detroit’s past, enjoy the historic homes in the district and step back in time to when Detroit played a pivotal role in industrializing the nation. To help support our effort, please consider making a charitable contribution to this preservation effort. Contributions can be made through the Indian Village Historic Collections, a 501(c)(3) organization, through any of the following means:

Check made payable to the “IVHC Lighting Fund”
Indian Village Historical Collections
P.O. Box 14244
Detroit,MI 48214

Please contact the Lighting Committee if you wish to make a contribution which is earmarked solely for the streetlight restoration project.

The first Indian Village residents were among some of Detroit’s most prominent industrial pioneers. Many of those who built homes between 1900 and 1928 were innovators of a new industry — the automobile industry — and included industrialists, financiers as well as other professionals.

The prominence of Indian Village residents in the City of Detroit, The State of Michigan and U.S. history, as well as the works of their architects, were among the reasons for city and state historical designations in 1970 and 1971.

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