Third Precinct Police Station

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Third Precinct Police Station
Location 2200 Hunt Street
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°21′2″N 83°1′58″W / 42.35056°N 83.03278°W / 42.35056; -83.03278Coordinates: 42°21′2″N 83°1′58″W / 42.35056°N 83.03278°W / 42.35056; -83.03278
Built 1896
Architect Edward C. Van Leyen
Architectural style Beaux-Arts
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 80001928[1]
Added to NRHP February 29, 1980

The Third Precinct Police Station (or Hunt Street Station) is a former police station located at 2200 Hunt Street (at Gratiot Avenue) in Detroit, Michigan. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1]

Description[edit]

The Third Precinct Police Station is a three-story structure built from yellow brick and limestone. It is essentially boxy, but the exterior is constructed of projecting and receding planes that disguise the fact.[2] The entrance, located in a curved corner bay,[2] is flanked by limestone columns and pilasters with carvings of a police shield and the faces of policemen.[3] The second and third floor windows facing Hunt and Dubois are unified by arched guilloche-patterned, terra-cotta enframements.[2] Third-floor windows are topped by arched hoods. The projecting cornice is metal, fabricated by the Detroit Cornice and Slate Company.[2]

Significance[edit]

The Hunt Street Police Station is a well-preserved example of a late 19th-century Beaux-Arts public building, and is significant for its role in the history of the Detroit police force.[2] In 1959, the Third and Seventh Precincts were consolidated and the building was sold;[2] subsequently used as an office space, the structure was left empty in 2004 and is currently for sale.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Third Precinct Police Station from the state of Michigan
  3. ^ Third Precinct (Hunt Street Station) from the city of Detroit
  4. ^ Beshouri, Paul (October 22, 2013).Strange Police Station Gets Weirder. Curbed Detroit. Retrieved on October 28, 2013.

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