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Harry B. Parker House

669 West Canfield, is a beautiful house built in 1885 by the original owner, Harry B. Parker. After his death, his widow continued to live here, until she sold it to Waring H. Ellis in 1895.

Mr. Ellis was a prominent wholesale and retail tobacco company proprietor.

In 1911, Harry A. Lockwood, a noted lawyer with Clark, Lockwood, Bryant, and Klein, with offices in the Ford Building, lived in this home. Mr. Lockwood was a Circuit Judge in Monroe County before moving to Detroit.

Later, the house became known as the "Reindel" residence, because George J. Reindel, co-partner of the George J. Reindel Company, makers of office and home furnishings, lived there from 1913.

Dr. Vincent C. Wall of Wayne State University purchased this lovely home from the Reindel family in 1952 and has spent much time and effort in the rehabilitation of the house and grounds.

Real estate attorney Kenneth Davies has owned the house since the middle 1970s, and has lived here 62 years, since 1958, when he rented an apartment as a Wayne State University law student.

In Sep. 2020, the 5,711 square-foot home was offered for sale for over $1 Million.

Here's a list of houses lined up on the south side of W. Canfield between 2nd Ave. and 3rd Ave.. They can also be found on Historic Detroit:

Colin Fox House

Walter Watton House

William H. Kessler House

William Wallace Washburn House)

Harry B. Parker House

G. H. Whitaker House

William B. Conley House

John Ward House

Last updated 18/04/2023