Belcrest Apartments (Detroit, Michigan)

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Belcrest
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Location 5440 Cass Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°21′36″N 83°4′7″W / 42.36000°N 83.06861°W / 42.36000; -83.06861Coordinates: 42°21′36″N 83°4′7″W / 42.36000°N 83.06861°W / 42.36000; -83.06861
Built 1926
Architect Charles N. Agree
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 84001851[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 31, 1984
Designated MSHS November 30, 1983[2]

The Belcrest Apartments is an apartment building located at 5440 Cass Avenue in Midtown Detroit, Michigan. It was built in 1926 as the Belcrest Hotel, designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1983,[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[1]

History[edit]

The Belcrest

The Belcrest Apartment Hotel was built in 1926 as a residential hotel, catering to wealthy tenants.[3] The building exemplified what was, at the time, a novel style of living arrangement: an apartment building that offered amenities normally associated with a hotel.[3] Daily maid service and a restaurant on the premises set this apart from a conventional apartment building.

Architecture[edit]

The building was designed by Charles N. Agree in a T-shape.[3] It is twelve stories high, constructed of concrete and steel and sheathed with brick and terra cotta.[2] Three projecting bays surround the base of the T, emphasizing the vertical, while terra cotta cornices on the third, eleventh, and top floors emphasize the horizontal.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b c The Belcrest from the state of Michigan
  3. ^ a b c d The Belcrest from Detroit1701.org

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