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Wall Street Journey

By Susan Wineberg

A Lower Town family's modest home solved the century-old search for a county historical museum. On Sunday, June 10, 1990 an early-morning jogger along the Huron River looked up in astonishment as he ran along the boardwalk beneath the Broadway bridge. There on the bridge, blotting out Detroit Edison's Argo substation beyond, loomed a white frame house. It was mounted on wheels and being pulled along by a snorting dump truck. More than 150 years after it was built, 1015 Wall Street was on the move.

By the 1890's, Charles G. Greiner, a gardener, was living in the house with members of his family. Mrs. Greiner is pictured here with her six daughters and the dog. The inside of the door leading to the attic has penciled on it: "Louise Greiner, Lillie, Mabel, Laura, Frieda, Ella, Pa G., Ma G., wrote this June 7, 1901." It appears that the house remained in the care of the Greiner children for most of the next century.

MoMS on the Move - From the Rooftop

The Museum on Main Street is located in a historic house, built in sections from 1835-39, that used to stand at 1015 Wall Street in Ann Arbor. In June of1990, it was moved past the remaining original homes and buildings of Lowertown, over the Broadway Bridge up Beakes Street to its current home at 500 N. Main Street.  Special thanks to Priceless Preservation of Ann Arbor for digitizing these fragile VHS tapes.

Crossing the Broadway Bridge to Main Street

Moving Day, June 1990
Over the Braodway Bridge
MoMS winter 2005
The Greiner Family at 1015 Wall Street
Planting the early gardens

Preserve and enhance the architecture of the 400 historic buildings within the boundaries of the Old Fourth Ward Historic District.


The Kellogg-Warden House, built between 1835-1839, is the Museum on Main Street. It's rare survivor of the first decades of life in Ann Arbor


Published by Samuel Beakes in 1906. over 800 pages of Washtenaw County biographical sketches of many of its prominent and leading citizens and illustrious dead.

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