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Palmer Park

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1893, 1920. Bounded by Ponchartrain Dr., Seven Mile and McNichols rds., and Woodward Ave.

The park consists of nearly 300 acres of the original 725-acre Palmer estate laid out on a gently rolling wooded tract with two small lakes. Half was given to the city in 1893 by Thomas W. Palmer (1830–1913), a speculator in real estate and lumber; the other half was purchased by the city in 1920. A log house that had been the Palmers' summer and country retreat (1885, Mason and Rice) is within the park.

Across Ponchartrain Drive at 17911 Hamilton Drive is the Detroit Golf Club (1917, Albert Kahn), a low rambling clubhouse reminiscent of the cottages of the English countryside. The two eighteen-hole golf courses are surrounded by large, period revival houses.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Palmer Park", [Detroit, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 99-99.

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