Historic Structures

Fairview Sanitarium, Detroit Michigan

Date added: October 14, 2013 Categories: Michigan House Hospital

In the 1930s Dr. Robert Greenidge, Detroit's first black radiologist, converted the house at 404 East Ferry Avenue into a sanitarium to treat blacks in the city. Greenidge was also a founder of Dunbar Hospital, Detroit's first black hospital. The house is a part of the East Ferry Avenue Historic District, a turn-of-the-century, upper class, residential neighborhood.

All building facades have gables and dormers. Firsthand second stories have three-sided bays with crenellated parapet walls at the top. Verge boards end in exposed, rounded rafter tails on the eaves.

Interior: The narrow, axial front to rear hall is a major alteration to the interior spaces. All rooms open onto this hall including a later addition at the rear which houses bath, utility, and toilet areas.

Flat-roofed, unornamented brick addition was built onto rear of building in 1930s when the house was converted to a sanitarium. A passage connecting 404 East Ferry Ave. to the house next door was built at the same time.

Fairview Sanitarium, Detroit Michigan VIEW NORTHEAST SHOWING WEST ELEVATION, INCLUDING REAR WING 1984
VIEW NORTHEAST SHOWING WEST ELEVATION, INCLUDING REAR WING 1984

Fairview Sanitarium, Detroit Michigan PORCH DETAIL October 1984
PORCH DETAIL October 1984

Fairview Sanitarium, Detroit Michigan SECOND FLOOR LIVING ROOM, FIREPLACE AND WINDOW DETAILS LOOKING WEST
SECOND FLOOR LIVING ROOM, FIREPLACE AND WINDOW DETAILS LOOKING WEST