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Lakewood is a community made up of beautiful, older homes built during Lakewood’s “boom time” around the turn of the last century. There are now over 12,000 residential buildings in Lakewood, of which 20% are one hundred years old. By 2020, almost 60% of single family and 52% of two-family homes will be at least one hundred years old. These wonderful buildings can tell many stories about the families who have lived inside them and the history of our community . Many of our residents are intrigued by the history of their home, but unsure how to find out more. Researching the story of your Lakewood home requires a fair amount of legwork, but the information you gather will help you enjoy your beautiful home even more.
The two most frequent questions regarding Lakewood house histories are “Who owned my house before me?” and “When was my house built?” With a little digging, you can discover the answers to these questions. Many thanks to Mary Gagen, Marcia Moll and Richard Sicha for compiling the information included in this article.
The Curtis Block
14501 Detroit Avenue
(Corner of Marlowe)
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For more information, please read the City of Lakewood Ordinance Chapter 1134
The ordinance is Chapter 1134 of the Planning and Zoning Code.
Lakewood has 7 places currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, an honorary designation (as contrasted with a Lakewood designation, which protects the designated property). Under the Lakewood designation, the Oldest Stone House has been designated an historic property.
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Lakewood's distinctive character has been created by its architecturally significant homes, historic commercial districts, and idyllic parks. By continuing to link our community's past, present, and future through the preservation of our built environment, we retain this sense of place as "Lakewood." Preservation, combined with appropriate economic development, is key to maintaining the beauty of our neighborhoods, retaining our high quality of life, and keeping our community vibrant.