46227 Ann Arbor Rd

12 Sep


46227 Ann Arbor Rd, Built in 1928 by George Smith. This home has a unique story unlike any other when it comes to the building materials used to build this brick colonial style home. Interestingly enough, these are bricks that were repurposed from the World famous Garrick Theatre in Detroit. The Garrick theatre is where Harry Houdini performed for the last time before passing away on October 31st, 1926. In 1928 the theatre located on Griswold was razed and George Smith acquired bricks from the old theatre to help build his dream home. When completed, this home was equipped with some the most modern amenities at the time. World renowned magician David Copperfield also has a brick from this home on display at the International Museum & Library of the Conjuring Arts in Las Vegas. Through the years, this home has been maintained and virtually kept in its original condition. The current owners have continued to keep this great Plymouth landmark in excellent shape and are proud of its mystifying building material history. Considering its location on Ann Arbor Road, there are literally thousands of cars that drive by this home not having a clue of its phenomenal creation. Now that you know, you can share this story and be proud of another great piece of Plymouth history.

Below is a historic photo of the Garrick Theatre and an ad for Houdini’s performance


6 Responses to “46227 Ann Arbor Rd”

  1. John Cox (@HoudiniWild) September 13, 2015 at 11:18 AM #

    Wonderful history. Thank you for this.

  2. Beth gilles September 12, 2017 at 12:41 PM #

    Where is this house located? I drive down AA Road constantly and don’t think I’ve ever seen it!

    • jamessalamay September 12, 2017 at 7:46 PM #

      Right next to Pioneer Middle School (West side)

  3. Dale Behler September 12, 2017 at 7:20 PM #

    Nice find, Jim. Thanks for sharing this interesting bit of Plymouth

  4. Richard erb September 13, 2017 at 8:56 PM #

    My grandfather bought that house from Smith in about 1940. My mother got the house in 1968 and sold it in about 1980. I have never heard this story before. I would be curious as to the source of your information on the bricks.

    • jamessalamay September 13, 2017 at 9:53 PM #

      Published article. Smith was interviewed. The article included facts and photos. The current owner has much of this info as well as the museum archives.

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