2643 Park Avenue

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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
Demolished July 11, 2015 (July 11, 2015)[2]
NRHP Reference # 06000586[1]
Added to NRHP July 12, 2006

The high rise 2643 Park Avenue, the Park Avenue Hotel, was a hotel in the Cass Corridor of Detroit, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.[1] It was 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 building was imploded on July 11, 2015.[2]


The Park Avenue was one of three former hotels located on Park Avenue and designed by Louis Kamper[3] for Lew Tuller;[4] 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 were on the National Register of Historic Places, and the city council designated the property a municipal historic district in 2006.[5]

Current use[edit]

At one time, the Park Avenue was used by the Salvation Army as their Harbor Light Center homeless shelter.[6] Operations were moved in 2007, and the Salvation Army planned to sell the building to a developer. However, those plans fell through.[6]

The building was acquired by the development arm of Olympia Entertainment and the Detroit Historic District Commission approved its demolition to make room for the loading dock for Little Caesars Arena, which will become the home of the Detroit Red Wings.[7] It was imploded on July 11, 2015.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Staff (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c Brand-Williams, Oralandar (July 11, 2015). "Video: Implosion brings down Park Avenue Hotel". The Detroit News. Retrieved July 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Royal Palm Hotel from the state of Michigan
  5. ^ Guillen, Joe (25 April 2015). "Next hurdle for Red Wings arena: Historic demolition". Detroit Free Press. Paul Anger. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Robert Snell and Kim Kozlowski, "Salvation Army feels pinch," The Detroit News, December 29, 2007
  7. ^ "Commission OKs historic hotel demolition for Detroit Red Wings hockey arena". Crain's Detroit Business. June 11, 2015. Retrieved June 28, 2015.