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Pasadena Apartments
Pasadena Apartments Detroit MI.jpg
Location 2170 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Built 1902
Architect Mortimer L. Smith & Sons
Architectural style Renaissance Revival
MPS East Jefferson Avenue Residential TR
NRHP reference No. 85002944
Added to NRHP October 09, 1985

The Pasadena Apartments is an apartment building located at 2170 East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

Pasadena Apartments Detroitc1905
Pasadena Apartments, c. 1905


The Pasadena Apartment Building is an eleven-story building constructed of yellow brick with limestone facing on the two lower floors. A column of bay windows rises from the basement to the tenth floor; a classic style entrance is in the center of the front façade. The building originally had classical details on the upper floors, including a cornice and false balconies, that have been removed.

Significance and History

The Pasadena Apartments was constructed in 1902 from a design by Mortimer L. Smith. The building is an early example of upper-class, multi-unit housing, and is one of the earliest of these structures to be built with reinforced concrete. The building was constructed at a time when newly wealthy families associated with Detroit's industrial boom were appearing, yet financing requirements for private homes were substantial. These families often preferred to rent upscale apartments. The Pasadena is notable for its scale, design, and materials.

The building is still used as apartment space, and is operated by MFG Detroit.

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