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31. Chase Mansion
The estate has a rich history near two newer communities: Northville and Novi.
1830s: Known as the Beal Family Farm.
1899: Original home built.
1916: George B. Yerkes, relative of William Yerkes of Chase Farms, bought the property. The home burned down while being redecorated.
1922: Yerkes, now the Wayne Co. prosecutor, bought the existing structure. After his death in 1932, the property went to his son.
1937: William Chase, inventor of shatterproof glass, and his wife purchased the estate.
1939: Joe Louis stayed at the estate while training at the Wayne Co. Fairground, now Northville Downs, for a World Championship fight.
1989: Larry Bennett, president of the Livonia-based Premier Video, a video duplication firm, bought the house.
1997: Don Massey purchased the estate. He died in 2011.
2020: Northville Living and Learning Enrichment Center
This point of interest is part of the tour: Northville Heritage Hike