People for Palmer Park


Sarah James 
People for Palmer Park 


Saturday October 22, 2011 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT

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Palmer Park 
910 Merrill plaisance
Detroit, MI 48203

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Hayride pick-ups will be at Palmer Park pool parking lot at 3:45, 4:15, and 4:45 pm to bring people to the inner woods.


Tour of Historic Palmer Park and Apartment District 

JOIN People for Palmer Park for an historic architecture tour of vast contrasts with proceeds benefiting the first stage of restoration of the historic log cabin in Palmer Park.  

This guided walking tour will explore the history of Palmer Park, including the log cabin, Spanish bell, Campus Martius fountain, and the history and artistry of the adjacent National Historic Register apartment district, a neighborhood, once the epitome of grandeur that is now rebounding with major renovations amidst neglect and vacancies.

The tour begins at the log cabin and ends at La Vogue apartment building, taking approximately an hour to complete. Tours will begin every 15 minutes, starting at noon with the last tour leaving at 2 PM. People for Palmer Park is hosting its second annual hayride in the park trails that same day as a tribute to fall. Hayrides will start at 3:45 pm and go until 5:45 pm. People for Palmer Park invites all from the community to attend the hayrides.

Tickets for the historic tour are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tour booklet is included in the price of the ticket. Proceeds will benefit the first stages of the Palmer Park cabin preservation, including weatherization of the cabin to prevent further interior damage from the elements and wildlife, and cleaning out of the cabin, which has been inhabited by park wildlife.

Senator Palmer, who donated his farm to the city of Detroit to create the public Palmer Park, contracted with the firm of George Mason and Zachariah Rice to design and build the log cabin as a summer home. The cabin, its rustic log bridge, a lighthouse and a larger pond were completed in 1885. All but the rustic bridge still exists in the park.

Adjacent to this 296 acre city park is the Palmer Park National Historic Register apartment district, once a neighborhood of splendor that includes the work of some of Detroit's best architects. Built between 1924 and the 1950s, the apartment buildings reflect exotic architecture in the Egyptian, Spanish, Venetian, Moorish, Tudor and Mediterranean styles, as well as Art Moderne and Georgian.