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Join People for Palmer Park for our third annual historic architecture tour.
The tour will begin at Unity Temple in Palmer Park (17505 2nd Avenue Detroit, MI 48203). Parking will be available near check-in.
Proceeds will benefit the restoration of Palmer Park, a 296 acre city park located in northwest Detroit between McNichols and Seven Mile Road, and just west of Woodward Avenue.
This guided walking tour will explore the history of Palmer Park, and the history and artistry of the adjacent National Historic Register apartment district. Those interested in a bus tour of this area should contact Preservation Detroit.
Once the epitome of grandeur, the district includes the work of some of Detroit’s best architects. Built between 1924 and the 1950s, the apartments reflect exotic architecture in the Egyptian, Spanish, Venetian, Moorish, Tudor and Mediterranean styles, as well as Art Moderne and Georgian. This impressive area is undergoing major revitalization with thirteen buildings in total undergoing renovations, a handful of which are already completed.
This year's tour will showcase seven of Palmer Park apartment buildings and interior lobbies or units of of six of those buildings. Included will be: an apartment in Walbri Court (1001 Covington designed by Albert Kahn and commissioned by Walter Briggs for Tiger baseball players with children), the exterior of Palmer Lodge, lobbies and interior units of 750, 825 and 850 Whitmore, the lobby of The Luxor, and 999 Whitmore.
Palmer Park's historic 1880's Log Cabin will be open for touring with knowledgable docents on hand, but will not be part of the guided walking tour. Built in 1885 for Senator Thomas Palmer and his wife Lizzie as their summer retreat, the cabin was once filled with antiques and visitors who would travel north on Woodward in horse-drawn carts. By 1895, Sen. Palmer had donated much of his farmland and woods to the city of Detroit to be used as a pleasure park for the people.
The guided walking tours begin at 11 AM leaving every 15 minutes starting at Detroit Unity Temple parking lot in the apartment district. The last tour leaves Unity Temple at 3 PM. The tour takes approximately two hours.
At the Cabin, we will have Classic Cars from the eras in which the Apartment District was built. Tour the hsitoric Log and from noon - 4 pm take a free ride on the Segways. Listen to Behind the Times from 1 - 3 pm and Lac La Belle from 3 - 4 pm.
TICKETS: $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tour booklet is included in the ticket price.
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People for Palmer Park
"A park for the good
With the threat of park closings and budget cuts by the city, the People for Palmer Park (PFPP) arose from members of the community who love Palmer Park for the gem it was, is, and can be.
A relatively new group, PFPP is a 501(c)(3) organization. PFPP functions as a membership organization and new members and volunteers are necessary and welcome! Core members of the PFPP include residents and representatives from a variety of neighborhood and community organizations.
We believe that with the collective energy, efforts, and talents of the people who use and love the park, it can be revitalized to its fullest potential and restored to what Senator Palmer envisioned when he donated the land for the park in the late 1800s: “a park for the good of everyone.” Palmer Park is comprised of 296 acres of lawns and historic woodlands, a public golf course, tennis courts, splash park, hiking and biking trails, Lake Frances, a historic log cabin, and more. With continued city budget cuts and limited financial resources, the city leadership has encouraged creative solutions from citizens to keep our parks alive and healthy. People for Palmer Park accepts this challenge! We can design the park for us, the people who use the park.
We are committed to the preservation, recreation, and revitalization of Palmer Park, for the good of all. Our vision is to create an urban oasis, regional destination, and daily recreation site that will promote an active and healthy community. Our guiding values include preservation of park resources; restoration and preservation of the park’s history; equal benefit and access to the park; creation of a safe park environment; responsiveness to park users and the community; timeliness in our actions; and collaboration and cooperation with city, community, and stakeholders.
Beyond the restoration, preservation, and beautification goals, PFPP plans to develop future public programing that will draw on the invaluable resources in Palmer Park and provide education, recreation, and volunteer opportunities for children, teenagers, adults, families, community organizations, and schools. In addition, the PFPP will provide visitor services in the park.