The Workers Row House is a three-unit, two-story, balloon frame row house with clapboard siding. It was built in 1849 and it still stands on its original site.

Significant for five primary reasons:
  1. Very few mid-nineteenth-century buildings still stand in Detroit, especially on their original site.

  2. The other extant structures are larger grand single family homes whereas this house is a modest working-class house that has not been modified in any major way.

  3. The Row House has survived as a row of attached single-family homes even when other similar houses built in the neighborhood in the mid-nineteenth century have been demolished.

  4. Much is known about the Andrews family who owned the property when the Row House was built.

  5. The Tenants over time illustrate Detroit’s economic transition from a commercial town to a major industrial city.


  • The Workers Row House represents a type of working-class housing fairly common to nineteenth-century Detroit that has completely disappeared.

  • Just as important as the House, is the fact that the House’s past tenants and their stories represent the history of working-class residential Detroit.

  • We know the names, origin of birth, age, education and type of work of many tenants from the years 1850-1924.

  • In a nation of immigrants there is not a more significant historic site than a tenement



“Come and walk in the foot-steps of the courageous ordinary”

- Ruth Abrams, Founder of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, NYC.