714 East Forest Avenue

714 East Forest Avenue

This charming bungalow, originally built in Willow Run in the 1930s, was moved to its present location on East Forest by Robert Lloyd. A young man who worked as a civil engineer at Willow Run Airport, Lloyd and his wife, Hazel, moved into the house on the new site as newlyweds in 1947. Lloyd was offered a job in California. The couple went west but decided not to sell, leaving everything in place until their expected return. The furniture and many of their belongings, including dishes in the kitchen sink, remained undisturbed over the years. Neighbors mowed the lawn, looked after the home, and let their children play in the yard. Finally the windows were boarded up to keep them from being broken.

Robert and Hazel Lloyd never returned to their Ypsilanti home. In 1971 they were listed as the “retired” owners, and by 1975 the house was described as vacant. The Lloyds left it to their family to sell their honeymoon house in Ypsilanti. An empty time capsule for at least twenty years, the house avoided unfortunate interior changes. The wood trim was never touched, and the original character of the house remained intact.

The house was finally sold to new owners in the early 1970s and then sold again in the 1980s. In 1992, EMU professor Rebecca Martusewicz bought the house, planted trees, and transformed the empty lot into a series of English gardens. In 1998 she began to re-imagine the space inside. With the help of her father, she designed an attic suite complete with a balcony overlooking the garden.

Amy and Jesse Morgan bought 714 East Forest in 2005. A two-career couple with two delightful young children, they have somehow found time to complete a house project every year. The exterior has been painted, the kitchen remodeled, a new bathroom put in, and windows replaced. Recently they added a new front porch. The newest owners understand the Lloyds’s attachment to their house—the Morgans say they can’t imagine ever leaving it. Lynda Hummel 8