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Palmer Park Apartment Building Historic District
Palmer Park Apartment Building Historic District Detroit 2.jpg
Streetscape at Whitmore and Alwyne
Location Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Built 1925
Architect Multiple; Arnold & Fuger et al. (boundary increase)
Architectural style Mixed (more Than 2 Styles From Different Periods); International Style, Colonial Revival (boundary increase)
NRHP reference No. 83000895, 05000014 (boundary increase)
Added to NRHP May 21, 1983; February 11, 2005 (boundary increase)

The Palmer Park Apartment Building Historic District is a historic district located in Detroit, Michigan. It is roughly bounded by Pontchartrain Boulevard on the west, McNichols Road on the south, and Covington Drive on the northeast. A boundary increase pushed the eastern boundary to Woodward Avenue. The district showcases some of the most ornate and most varied examples of apartment building design in Michigan, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 (with a boundary increase in 2005).

Description

The buildings within the district were designed primarily for middle- and upper-middle-class residents. They are primarily five- and six-story structures, and incorporated the latest residential technology. The architecture, however varies into the realm of the exotic, with styles such as Egyptian, Spanish Colonial Revival, Mediterranean, Venetian, Tudor, and Moorish Revival represented, as well as severely plain 1930's Art Moderne and International Style buildings.

Notable buildings in the district

  • Temple Israel
  • Palmer Park Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, originally built for a Greek Orthodox Church.

Education

Palmer Park is within the Detroit Public Schools district. Residents are zoned to Palmer Park Preparatory Academy, formerly the Barbara Jordan School, for elementary and middle school. All residents are zoned to Mumford High School. Palmer Park is operated by teachers and not by a principal administrator.

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