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Why We Support Historic Districts & Oppose Michigan HB5232

Excellent piece. I am breaking my own ‘no re-blogging’ rule for this one. N.K.

Amy Haimerl

I’d like to tell you the story of a house. A house at 7840 Van Dyke Place.

This isn’t just any house. And it’s not just my house. It’s Nona’s Place.

Nona was a flame-haired beauty who emigrated from London after the first World War. She was a glamorous woman who studied at the Sorbonne and modeled Parisian couture. (That’s her in the photo above!)

She and her husband, Arthur Herzog Jr., owned this house, the one that my husband and I now call home. They entertained here, hosting all of the greats of the jazz and Motown eras because Arthur was a movie man and a jazz pianist. He wrote “God Bless the Child” with Billie Holiday and was friends with Nina Simone.

Their Detroit was the Detroit of the 1930s and 1940s and 1950s. Their Detroit, too, was the Detroit of the 1960s and 1970s and into the…

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This entry was posted on February 24, 2016 by in Detroit, Politics.

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