PFPP Walking Architecture Tour

People for Palmer Park’s 3rd Annual

Guided Walking Architecture Tour of

Palmer Park Historic Apartment District

Saturday, October 5, 11 am – 3 pm

Layout 1Palmer Park’s third annual guided walking architecture tour on Saturday, October 5, will not disappoint! 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.

The 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 nine of Palmer Park apartment buildings and interior lobbies or units of at least seven 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 lobby and an apartment in the recently-renovated art deco La Vogue, the interior of Palmer Lodge with renovations to be completed by the time of the tour, Covington Arms, lobbies and interior units of 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 knowledgeable 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. Refreshments available for purchase at the Log Cabin.

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.


$15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tour booklet is included in the ticket price.

Show your support for People for Palmer Park by purchasing an ad in our 2013 tour book. An expected 600 tour attendees and private tour-goers throughout the year will receive a copy of the tour book. Ads and payment are due by: AUGUST 28. Click HERE to view the downloadable ad contract.

VOLUNTEER – This event offers many volunteering opportunities – as a docent or guide, assisting with registration, parking, PFPP memberships and merchandise table, and more! Volunteering is a great way to learn more about this historically and architecturally-rich area, make new friends, and support Palmer Park. Volunteers work one shift, which still allows for attending the tour free as a volunteer. If you’d like to join our amazing crew of volunteers for this event, please email Sarah James at

2 Responses to “PFPP Walking Architecture Tour”
  1. Stephanie Radcliffe says:

    Do you have docent classes? when are they and is a cost involved?

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