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Renovating great-grandpa's old place

Detroit couple find, buy house ancestor lost in Depression

Chris Lee, left, of Detroit holds up an old photo of his family last month as wife Amy Feigley-Lee looks on. They are in front of the same stairway of his great-grandfather's house that he lost when the Great Depression started in 1929. Lee kept track of the house and bought it five years ago for $8,100. He and his wife continue to rehab the house they now live in as they are starting their own family.
Chris Lee, left, of Detroit holds up an old photo of his family last month as wife Amy Feigley-Lee looks on. They are in front of the same stairway of his great-grandfather's house that he lost when the Great Depression started in 1929. Lee kept track of the house and bought it five years ago for $8,100. He and his wife continue to rehab the house they now live in as they are starting their own family.
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They only knew about this once-stately Detroit residence — brick with bay windows and the spacious side yard — from family folklore. They did not know Detroit in its heyday. But now Christopher Lee and Amy Feigley-Lee find themselves at home and heart-bound to a Detroit house once owned by Lee’s great-grandfather in the Roaring ’20s, but which was lost at the onset of the Great Depression. And it all began with a photo. Shot ...


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