Photo Album: The Moving and Birth of the Parkway Center
November 30, 2021
Take a walk down memory lane to Ann Arbor in June 1987 with our new photo album: The Moving and Birth of the Parkway Center. Enjoy over 200 never before seen photos of moving day and the construction of the Parkway Center. On Sunday, June 21st 2 1987, two historic Queen Anne houses were lifted from their original location on South Main Street and carefully moved to their current location on South Huron Parkway. The two houses were built in the late 1880s and 1890s and had been scheduled for demolition in favor of building new apartment complexes. Dr. Lev Linkner and Dr. Dennis Chernin purchased them both for pennies, saving the houses from their fate. After the dangerous and complicated move, construction began in earnest. Over the next year, doorways were widened, an elevator shaft and basement were built, and the two houses became interconnected. As much as possible, the original woodwork and built-in features like fireplaces were kept intact or reused. Ever since, the Parkway Center has served as a holistic health center for the Ann Arbor area. Tenant have included integrative medical doctors, chiropractors, acupuncture, naturopaths, Reiki and massage therapists, herbalists, homeopaths and more.