Farmington Hills ‘estate’ home gets historic marker

Farmington Hills Historic District Commission members will on Tuesday, August 13, unveil a new historic marker at the Henry C. Bach House, 30115 Ardmore Street.

The Commission installs and maintains the cast aluminum green markers which are available to owners of local or state designated historic properties. Homeowners and the city share in the cost.

Bach House
Henry C. Bach House (City of Farmington Hills)

The house on Ardmore was once owned by Henry Bach, who served as vice president of sales for the Great Lake Land Corporation, and his wife, May. He also was the developer of the Oaklands Subdivision, which was established in 1925.

The colonial style home with Asian influences was an outbuilding on the farm of Isaac Bond before being relocated to the current site and placed on a new foundation.

Emily Butterfield, Michigan’s first licensed woman architect and daughter of former Farmington mayor Wells Butterfield, designed the “estate” house. The Bach family once operated a tree nursery on the adjacent four acres.

Today, the house is a private residence.

Anyone who’d like to attend the 6 p.m. unveiling should contact HDC Staff Liaison Angeline Lawrence, alawrence@fhgov.com or 248-871-2553, by August 8.