Garden Court Apartments, photo 1983
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Garden Court Apartments
2900Jefferson Avenue, Detroit - Wayne County
Property Type apartment building
Historic Use DOMESTIC/multiple dwelling
Current Use DOMESTIC/multiple dwelling
Style Classical Revival
Architect/Builder Albert Kahn
Narrative Description The Garden Court Apartment Building faces northwest toward East Jefferson Avenue. It is H-shaped in plan and nine stories tall. Its lowest two stories are faced with limestone; the upper stories have red brick facades. The top story is articulated with limestone belt courses and window surrounds. Two rounded bay window units rise the full nine stories on the symmetrical Jefferson Avenue facade. A balustrade along the edge of the flat roof forms the upper most element of the building's restrained classical design.
Statement of Significance The Garden Court Apartment Building is significant as a large, early design of Albert Kahn and for its association with the family of Hiram Walker. Albert Kahn designed the Garden Court Apartments in 1915 for J. Harrington Walker (of Hiram Walker & Sons, Distillers) whose home stood across Jefferson Avenue. Walker moved into the building upon its completion. Originally the building housed thirty-two very large, luxury apartments.
Period of Significance 1901-1930
Significant Date(s) 1915
Registry Type(s) 10/09/1985 National Register listed
Site ID# P25123