The Park Shelton

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The Wardell
TheWardell.jpg
The Wardell (Park Shelton Condominiums) from across Woodward
Location 15 East Kirby Street
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°21′38″N 83°3′58″W / 42.36056°N 83.06611°W / 42.36056; -83.06611Coordinates: 42°21′38″N 83°3′58″W / 42.36056°N 83.06611°W / 42.36056; -83.06611
Built 1926
Architect Weston and Ellington
Architectural style Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 07000744[1]
Added to NRHP August 22, 2007

The Park Shelton is a historic condominium building located at 15 East Kirby Street (on the corner of Kirby and Woodward Avenue) in Midtown Detroit, Michigan. It was built in 1926 as a hotel, The Wardell, and the building was therefore listed under this name in the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.

History[edit]

The Wardell was designed by Detroit architects Weston and Ellington and built by Bryant and Detwiler [2] in 1926 as a residential hotel, intended for extended stays.[3] Architectural sculpture for the building was created by Corrado Parducci.[4] The name comes from Fred Wardell, who owned the Eureka Vacuum Cleaner Company.[3] Diego Rivera lived there while working on his mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts.[3]

The Wardell was bought by Sheraton in the 1940s and became the Wardell-Sheraton, and later the Detroit-Sheraton. It was finally renamed The Park Shelton Hotel in the 1950s, offering luxurious accommodations, but set up as a more traditional hotel.[3] It was the Detroit hotel of choice for such celebrities as Bob Hope, George Burns, Gracie Allen, and Raymond Burr.[3] In the 1970s, the Park Shelton Hotel was converted to apartments.

In 2004,[5] the Park Shelton was redeveloped into condominiums, creating 227 luxury units in the building.[6] The newly refurbished building was opened in August 2004.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ The Recent Work of Weston & Ellington, Architects and Engineers, Detroit, Michigan, 1928, Architectural Catalog Company, New York, 1928
  3. ^ a b c d e Patricia Ibbotson, Detroit's Historic Hotels and Restaurants, Arcadia Publishing, 2007, ISBN 0-7385-5080-9, p. 57.
  4. ^ Kvaran, Einar E., Shadowing Parducci unpublished manuscript
  5. ^ R. J. King, "Park Shelton to convert to condos," The Detroit News June 29, 2004.
  6. ^ "Midtown Living" from Detroit Midtown, pp. 42-43
  7. ^ The Park Shelton from ModelD

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