The Croul-Palms House, photo submitted in 1983.
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Croul-Palms House
1394Jefferson Avenue, Detroit - Wayne County
Other Names Croul-Palms House Historic District-Local
Property Type brick house
Historic Use DOMESTIC/single dwelling
Current Use COMMERCE/TRADE/business
Style Queen Anne
Architect/Builder William Scott
Narrative Description The Croul-Palms House is a two-and-one-half-story Queen Anne style house built in 1881 according to designs of Detroit architect William Scott. The house is constructed of red brick with stone banding and stone window hoods. It rests on a high rock-faced stone foundation and is topped with a multi-planed roof with projecting gables, dormers, and decorated chimney caps. The exterior remains unaltered except for the loss of a front and side porch, loss of a small third-floor balconet, and the loss of a slate roof and iron roof cresting.
Statement of Significance The Croul-Palms House is significant as the most outstanding Queen Anne-style house remaining on East Jefferson Avenue, a major boulevard of grand residences in the late nineteenth century. Its irregular massing, contrasting surface materials, and picturesque rooflines, all characteristic of the Queen Anne style, were handled with polish and fluency by Detroit architect William Scott. The house is also significant as the home of two prominent Detroiters, Jerome Croul and Francis F. Palms. The house was built for Jerome Croul, owner of Croul Brothers Leather Company, and became the home of Detroit real estate developer Francis F. Palms in 1889 and remained in the possession of the Palms Reality Company until 1945. In 1983, the building was restored and refurbished to be used as office space.
Period of Significance 1866-1900
Significant Date(s) 1881
Registry Type(s) 12/20/1983 National Register listed
Site ID# P4509