Inside Motown’s Founder Berry Gordy Former Mansion

The 10,500-square-foot Italian Renaissance Revival home and former residence of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy is up for sale for $1,595,000 in Detroit’s Boston-Edison neighborhood. The primary residence, which has 10 bedrooms, nine bathrooms and four fireplaces, was built in 1917 by Danish lumber tycoon Nels Michelson. The next owner, Leonard A. Young, in 1926 added an athletic complex an Olympic-sized swimming pool and two bowling alleys before Gordy eventually purchased the home in 1967. Gordy lived there until moving to Los Angeles in 1969, giving way to its nickname, the “Motown Mansion.” In 2002 he sold the property to its current owner Cynthia F. Reaves, a non-profit tax attorney. Reaves was awarded the Governor’s Award for Historic Restoration for her restoration efforts of the historic property at 918 West Boston Boulevard.

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