TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR for 2013 TOUR of Palmer Park & Historic Palmer Park Apartment District (online sales have ended)
Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)
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.