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Palms Building (Palms Apartment House)

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Palms Apartment House
1903, Albert Kahn and George D. Mason. 1001 E. Jefferson Ave.
  • (Photo by Karen Kingsley)
  • (Photo by Karen Kingsley)

In the Palms Apartment House for the Palms and Book families, Albert Kahn first experimented with the use of reinforced concrete. His design employs steel reinforced-concrete floors with load-bearing limestone walls. Kahn's brother Julius, who was his chief construction engineer, perfected a precise scientific system for reinforcing concrete. Soon after the Palms was completed, he formed the Trussed Concrete Steel Company and created the famous Kahn System. The U-shaped Palms Building has polygonal turretlike end bays, cast-iron bays, and balustrades. Originally it contained eleven luxury apartments.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Palms Building (Palms Apartment House)", [Detroit, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 104-104.

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