The Pasadena Apartment Building, photo 1983
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Pasadena Apartments
2170 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit - Wayne County
Property Type apartment building
Historic Use DOMESTIC/multiple dwelling
Current Use DOMESTIC/multiple dwelling
Style Renaissance
Architect/Builder Mortimer L. Smith and Son
Narrative Description The Pasadena Apartment Building is an eleven-story, Renaissance-style structure with yellow brick facades. The lowest two stories of the facade are limestone-faced and house a central, classical entrance. Three-sided window bays rise from the basement level to the tenth story. The removal of some classical ornamentation from the facades of the upper stories, especially cornices and false balconies, has detracted from the appearance of the building.
Statement of Significance The Pasadena Apartment Building is significant as a design of Mortimer L. Smith, as an early example of upper-class, multi-unit housing, and as an early structure among those with reinforced concrete as structural material. Architect Mortimer L. Smith, in addition to being among Detroit's most important turn-of-the-century architects, was a painter as well. The Pasedena, though stripped of some of its former splendor, remains an imposing example of residential architecture notable in its scale, design, and materials.
Period of Significance 1901-1930
Significant Date(s) 1902
Registry Type(s) 10/09/1985 National Register listed
Site ID# P25200