Eighth Precinct Police Station

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Eighth Precinct Police Station
Eighth Precinct Police Station Detroit.jpg
Location 4150 Grand River Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°20′42″N 83°4′46″W / 42.34500°N 83.07944°W / 42.34500; -83.07944Coordinates: 42°20′42″N 83°4′46″W / 42.34500°N 83.07944°W / 42.34500; -83.07944
Built 1900–01
Architect Louis Kamper
Architectural style Châteauesque[2]
NRHP Reference # 74001001[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 31, 1974
Designated MSHS November 15, 1973[3]

The former Eighth Precinct Police Station is a building located at 4150 Grand River Avenue in the Woodbridge Historic District of Detroit, Michigan. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1973[3] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1]


The Eighth Precinct Police Station is the second-oldest police building in Detroit.[4] It was designed by Louis Kamper and built between 1900 and 1901, for a cost of $46,000.[3] The station was originally built as part of the Second Precinct, but in 1910 was renumbered to become part of the Eighth Precinct. Starting in 1954, the Detroit Police Youth Bureau used the station as office space; the buildings were later used by the Detroit Police Personnel Division.[3] In 2013, the building was converted to lofts, as part of the ongoing revitalization of Woodbridge.[5]


Kamper designed the French Renaissance Châteauesque station in two structures connected by an arcade; the main building was used as office space, while the smaller one functioned initially as a carriage house and later as a garage. The station is constructed of limestone on the first floor and brick on the second, and is topped with a side-gable roof.[3] The façade boasts parapet walls and four corner towers with conical roofs.[4]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Hill, Eric J. and John Gallagher (2002). AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3120-3.  P.138.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Eighth Precinct Police Station". Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Eighth Precinct Police Station from the city of Detroit
  5. ^ Beshouri, Paul (February 27, 2013).A Taste of the Castle Lofts. Curbed Detroit. Retrieved on July 29, 2013.