Detroit — From Art Moderne to Venetian, tour guides lead droves of people through the city’s historic Palmer Park neighborhood to showcase the range of architectural styles as well as recent restoration of a several of its apartment buildings.
“It’s been quoted as one of the most unique neighborhoods in the country because there are so many architectural styles,” says Sarah James, board member of People for Palmer Park and the event’s organizer.
About 600 people signed up to learn about eight buildings dating back to the 1920s in the organization’s third annual tour, which James said has doubled each year.
Dick Herbst, of Beverly Hills, snapped pictures of the Palmer Lodge, the neighborhood’s first building built in 1924. The 57,406 square-foot building, which was notorious for prostitution, is undergoing restoration and expected to reopen in four months.
“It’s amazing what they’ve done with the windows, tiled roof,” Herbst said. “The year before it was run down. I can’t believe what they done with it.”
In this year’s tour, guides were able to take people inside six of the historic buildings.
“The front of the building is awesome, but it’s cool inside the building,” said James Wheeler, of Ferndale, after touring the marble plated staircase of the 750 Whitmore building.
For the second time in 30 years, the People for Palmer Park were able to have people inside the district’s log cabin built in 1885.