Pomologist Joseph Dorr Baldwin grew apples and other fruit on acreage that included the parcel that became Burns Park.

J.D. Baldwin came to Ann Arbor in 1847 from Detroit, where he had been engaged in the hardware and leather trade. He purchased 154 acres outside the city and built this unique brick villa, a Greek Revival house with a nearly flat roof rather than the more familiar slope-roofed temple form. It was covered with salmon colored stucco and was known as "the pink house with the blue-green blinds," a landmark on the old middle Ypsilanti Road which later became Washtenaw Avenue.

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