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Ironwood Homesteads

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1937. Sunset Rd., approximately 3 miles north of Ironwood
  • (Library of Congress, Farm Security Administration Collection)

Ironwood Homesteads is a small, New Deal, garden community project of the U.S. Resettlement Administration, built on a site “with good agricultural possibilities.” With its garden community projects, the administration intended to achieve efficiency and conservation in housing and land use, and in the process, to create jobs. At Ironwood Homesteads 132 units costing $10,403 each were initiated. There were one-, two-, and four-family concrete-block and brick dwellings, all with gable roofs and shed or gable dormers. Front entrances were enclosed against the harsh climate. A community building, a store, and the post office were also part of the project. The houses were touted as practical, modern, and low-cost garden units. According to local rumor, the project may have been built as part of a plan to relocate the city of Ironwood to the north because it was built over a valuable vein of ore.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Ironwood Homesteads", [Ironwood, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 529-529.

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