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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.

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.

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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—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MI-01-WN102.

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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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