Eastern Market Historic Timeline
Video Shed 5 April Saturday Morning.
Market activity or visitor traffic is heavy, inventory is light in mid-April. Only a few vendors with minimum garden plant inventory on display. All other sheds are similar in products on display and visitor traffic. Shed 6 was empty; for the exception of only one nursery vendor.
Why are Eastern Market Structures Called Sheds?
The term “Shed”was used back in the early 1800s when local farmers raised a shed to sell their produce for shelter against the elements; early temporary structures were flimsy. To accommodate the large increasing agricultural commercial industry in Detroit, several sheds were erected over strategic areas throughout the city.
(The Eastern Market Structures are Called Sheds)
In the early years there were several such farmer produce sheds or structures scattered throughout the city of Detroit. But, as the farming age was transformed from agriculture to industrialization, the sheds also experienced several transformations during this time as sheds were slowly being replaced and modernized by the changing architecture and expanding urban renewal.
The term “shed” has since faded from public memory; few city individuals even know the true meaning of the word “shed” except those few who represent an unbroken chain of generations who make the annual pilgrimage to the good old historic Detroit Eastern Market’s annual events such as Flower Day.
Only 3 Sheds Numbered 2, 3, 5?
Some visitors to the market notice that there are a total of only three numbered with large orange numbers on the roof tops. But, the numberings are for only Shed 2, Shed 3, and Shed 5?
(Sheds 2, 3, & 5 are obvious, Sheds 1, 4, & 6 are not)
Inquiring visitors want to know...
Where is Shed 1, 4, and 6?
Shed 1 was located just south of the where Shed 2 stands today. Shed 1 was original built in 1892 then, almost 40 years laters it was torn-down in 1967 due to the expanding freeway systems. So officially Shed 1 no longer exists.
(Shed 1 no longer exists – “southern end” of market)
Shed 4 does not resemble any of the large structured sheds and bares no mark or shed name on its frame. Shed 4 is the free stand-alone open air connecting structure that sits between Sheds 3 and 4; it is currently painted a rust orange it is considered a walking path between Shed 3 and Shed 5.
(Shed 4 is located between Shed 3 & 5 located “mid-market”)
This structure also bares no name or title. It is located at the northern end of the market. It is simply referred to as the section with the tall roof-top or high canopy, “you know, the area upfront with the raised sidewalk.” During Flower Day all sheds are crammed with flower and garden lovers.
(Shed 6 is located at the “northern end” of the market)
The current Eastern Market is the lone survivor of originally several designated markets that was located throughout Detroit in the early years(1800s).
When Were Sheds Built?
Watch short Eastern Market timeline video (1min).
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There are a total of 5 official designated sheds left standing.
When is Flower Day? Read Details Here
Eastern Market Useful Facts
- Flower Day – Estimated – 200,000-250,000
- Saturday Visitors – 30-000-50,000
- Heaviest during mornings, 7:00AM – Noon
The Michigan Detroit Eastern Market is lined with old breakfast restaurants and specialty shops.