Casa Del Rey Apartments, photo submitted 1989
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Casa Del Rey Apartments
111 Oneida Road, Pontiac - Oakland County
Property Type brick building
Historic Use DOMESTIC/multiple dwelling
Current Use DOMESTIC/multiple dwelling
Style Other
Architect/Builder Robert O. Derrick
Narrative Description The Spanish Eclectic Casa Del Rey Apartments building, built in 1929, is a four-and-one-half-story, yellow and orange brick structure located south of Huron Street on the southeast corner of Oneida and Algonquin Streets. The front faces Oneida on the west, with the rear of the structure facing vacant lots to the East on Seminole Avenue. Originally built with forty-one units, it was the largest apartment building in Pontiac at the time. Interior walls are done in antique plaster. Natural oak trim is found throughout the building while elaborate use of colorful clay tile is found throughout public spaces and on fireplaces in many of the individual apartments.
Statement of Significance The Casa Del Rey apartments were built in early 1929, just prior to the great depression, at a cost of $400,000. With forty-one individual units, the four-and one-half story brick building was the one of the largest, and finest apartment buildings in Pontiac at the time. Its large size, picturesque massing and roofline, as well as its elaborate use of ceramic tiling as decorative accents, help make the Casa Del Rey Pontiac's finest example of Spanish Eclectic design. C. L. Groesbeck, Jr., was the original owner who hired Robert O. Derrick, Incorporated, of Detroit and Pontiac to serve as the architect. Derrick was the architect who designed the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn as well as many estates for wealthy businessmen in the city of Detroit during the mid 1920s and 1930s.
Period of Significance 1901-1930
Significant Date(s) 1929
Registry Type(s) 06/29/1989 National Register listed
Site ID# P24356