Architect Albert Kahn
|NRHP Reference # 91001015|
Added to NRHP 19 August 1991
|Location 236 Adelaide Street
Architectural style Tudor Revival architecture
Similar William C Boydell House, Hudson‑Evans House, Albert Kahn House, Hunter House, Dunbar Hospital
The Bernard Ginsburg House is a single family private residence located at 236 Adelaide Street in Midtown Detroit, Michigan, within the Brush Park district. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
The Bernard Ginsburg House is significant for both the original owner and the architect. Owner Bernard Ginsburg was an important figure in philanthropy, civic service, and the Jewish community in Detroit during the late 19th and early 20th century. Architect Albert Kahn went on to become well known in industrial and commercial architecture; the Ginsburg house and its English Renaissance style exhibited is typical of Kahn's early work.
Bernard Ginsburg was born in Columbus, Indiana, in 1864; his parents were Polish immigrants who had arrived in America in the mid-1850s. The family moved to New York and then to Detroit, where Bernard graduated from high school in 1881. Than same year, Bernard and his father began in business as iron merchants under the name, "R. L. Ginsburg". The business was successful, and Bernard became very well-to-do. He served as Public lighting Commissioner for two years and as a member of the Public Library Board. He was active in Jewish charities, particularly supporting the Eastern European Jews who were migrating into the country. He served as President of the United Jewish Charities, vice president of the National Conference of Jewish Charities, director of the Jewish Orphan Asylum in Cleveland, Ohio, and President of Temple Beth El from 1918 to 1919.
The Bernard Ginsburg House is a two-and-one-half-story structure made of red brick and stone. A carved wood arcade atop stone walls tuns the width of the front porch. Unique and beautiful statues support the porch roof. The openings for windows and doors have frames and quoins constructed of limestone.