2643 Park Avenue (Detroit, Michigan)

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Park Avenue Hotel
Location 2643 Park Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°20′28″N 83°3′24″W / 42.34111°N 83.05667°W / 42.34111; -83.05667Coordinates: 42°20′28″N 83°3′24″W / 42.34111°N 83.05667°W / 42.34111; -83.05667
Built 1924 (1924)
Architect Louis Kamper
Architectural style Renaissance
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 06000586[1]
Added to NRHP July 12, 2006

The high rise 2643 Park Avenue is a former hotel in Midtown Detroit, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.[1] It is also known as Salvation Army Harbor Light Center and is not to be confused with Park Avenue House, also once known as Park Avenue Hotel.


The Park Avenue is one of three former hotels located on Park Avenue and designed by Louis Kamper[2] for Lew Tuller;[3] the other two are the Eddystone at 100 Sproat St. (across Sproat from the Park Avenue Hotel) and the Royal Palm at 2305 Park Avenue which now operates as the Park Avenue House. All three are on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Detroit Historic District Commission designated the property a municipal historic district in 2006.[4]

Current use[edit]

At one time, the Park Avenue was used by the Salvation Army as their Harbor Light Center homeless shelter.[5] Operations were moved in 2007, and the Salvation Army planned to sell the building to a developer. However, the plans fell through.[5] Demolition of the building has been proposed to make way for the new Detroit Red Wings arena.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ Eric J. Hill, John Gallagher, American Institute of Architects Detroit Chapter, AIA Detroit, Wayne State University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-8143-3120-3, ISBN 978-0-8143-3120-0, p. 60
  3. ^ Royal Palm Hotel from the state of Michigan
  4. ^ a b Guillen, Joe (25 April 2015). "Next hurdle for Red Wings arena: Historic demolition". Detroit Free Press (Paul Anger). Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Robert Snell and Kim Kozlowski, "Salvation Army feels pinch," The Detroit News, December 29, 2007