The Lady of Verona

In 1960’s Detroit, a newlywed couple began their married life in the Verona Apartment building (@ Ferry & Cass). At that time, Detroit had many coffeehouses that featured folk musicians and Joni & Chuck Mitchell sang both together and as soloists at a coffeehouse called, “Chess Mate”. Chuck met Joni in Toronto at the Penny Farthing Club in April 1965 and they married in June. She moved back with him to live in the now historic Verona. They lived on the fifth floor, which held only two apartments, from 1965 to 1967.

In 1968, they divorced and Joni moved on, first to New York and then to L.A., where she made her first move toward fame with the release of “Song to a Seagull”. The Verona is now on the U.S. Register of Historic Places, but in the sixties, it was home to the woman who would become the famous poetic singer-songwriter of an era.

Photograph: Andrew Jameson ©2008

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2 thoughts on “The Lady of Verona

  1. My brother lived in this building from the mid 70s to about 1990. I myself lived a few doors east on Ferry street for a few years in the 70s. We all knew that the Verona had at one time been the home of Joni Mitchell; it’s a fitting historical landmark.

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