Eigth Precinct Police Station, photo submitted 1973
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Eighth Precinct Police Station
4150 Grand River, Detroit - Wayne County
Other Names Grand River Station
Property Type police station
Historic Use GOVERNMENT
Current Use GOVERNMENT
Style French Renaissance
Architect/Builder Louis Kamper
Narrative Description The Eighth Precinct Police Station is a two-structure complex of the Chateauesque precinct building and the garage building joined by a single-story limestone arcade. The precinct building is a two-and-one-half-story structure with a limestone walled first-story. The upper stories are brick walled with limestone banding, topped by a side-gable roof broken by a parapeted dormer. The entrance facade is dominated by a triple-arch entrance flanked by conical corner towers surmounted by finials. The garage sits at a slight angle to the precinct and matches it in style and materials. The garage features a side-gable crossed by a parapeted front-gable flanked by a corner tower and an oriel.
Statement of Significance The Eighth Precinct Police Station is the second oldest police building in Detroit still in use. It represents a well-preserved and unique application of Chateauesque architecture on a police station. The station was designed by Detroit architect Louis Kamper and completed between 1900 and 1901 at a cost of approximately $46,000. Originally constructed as a sub-station of the Second Precinct, the station was renumbered as part of the Eighth Precinct in 1910. The Detroit Police Youth Bureau used the buildings as office space in 1954 and was followed by the current tenants, the Personnel Division of the Detroit Police Headquarters.
Period of Significance 1901-1930
Significant Date(s) 1900-1901
Registry Type(s) 12/31/1974 National Register listed
11/15/1973 State Register listed
Site ID# P25087