The Ponchartrain Apartments, photo submitted 1985
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Ponchartrain Apartments
1350 East Jefferson, Detroit - Wayne County
Other Names Renaissance Apartments
Property Type apartment building
Historic Use DOMESTIC/multiple dwelling
Current Use DOMESTIC/multiple dwelling
Style Classical Revival
Narrative Description The Ponchartrain Apartment building is a four-story red brick structure with limestone detailing in the Classical Revival style of the Adams Brothers. The entrance is composed of an arched opening flanked by two ornamental pilasters carrying the lintel. Voussoirs of the first story windows are also limestone, as are the foundations, window sills, coping, and belt course between the first and second stories. The entablature is decorated with swags, festoons, and urns, and the stone relief panels beneath the windows in the end bays also bear urns.
Statement of Significance The Ponchartrain Apartments exemplifies the change from single family residential structures of the nineteenth century to multi-family moderate scale apartment buildings along East Jefferson Avenue in the first quarter of the twentieth century. The building has undergone a succession of owners and names. The Ponchartrain was built in 1920 at a cost of $195,000. Renamed the Monticello Apartment Hotel in 1926, the building became the Shorecrest Apartments in 1949 and the Renaissance Apartments in 1981.
Period of Significance 1901-1930
Significant Date(s) 1920
Registry Type(s) 10/09/1985 National Register listed
Site ID# P25204