Milner Arms Apartments

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Milner Arms Apartments
(Hotel Stevenson)
Milner Arms Apartments - Detroit Michigan.jpg
View from Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Location40 Davenport Street
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates42°20′50″N 83°3′33″W / 42.34722°N 83.05917°W / 42.34722; -83.05917Coordinates: 42°20′50″N 83°3′33″W / 42.34722°N 83.05917°W / 42.34722; -83.05917
ArchitectJoseph P. Jogerst
Architectural styleLate 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Georgian Revival
MPSCass Farm MPS
NRHP reference #97001095[1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 22, 1997

The Milner Arms Apartments, originally known as the Hotel Stevenson, is a high rise building located at 40 Davenport Street in Midtown Detroit, Michigan; it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.[1] It is adjacent to, but not part of, the Cass-Davenport Historic District.


Early in the 20th century, Charles Hugh Stevenson, his brother, and his father-in-law founded the Davenport Realty Company.[2] Stevenson was a writer and lawyer and was internationally recognized for work in the hotel industry.[2]

In 1913, the Davenport Realty Company built the Hotel Stevenson (named for Charles Hugh Stevenson), which was designed to house the influx of male, transient, workers who came to Detroit to work in the booming auto industry.[2] The hotel architect was Joseph P. Jogerst.[3] The structure was designed as an apartment hotel, offering primarily efficiency and one bedroom units, rather than the two to four-room suites contained in typical apartment buildings of the time.[2]

The building was sold to the Milner Hotel Chain, which changed its name to the Milner Arms. In 2016, the building was sold to Broder & Sachse Real Estate Services, Inc. It is still in operation as an apartment building.[4]


The Milner Arms is an eight-story rectangular Georgian Revival steel frame apartment building clad with brick. The facade is symmetric, with the exception of the first floor. The first floor contains five arched openings with masonry quoins; the second is the entrance. A projecting cornice with brackets separates the first floor from the upper stories. Floors two through seven have identical double hung single pane windows. There is a narrow belt course between floors six and seven, and the windows on the seventh floor have continuous sills. A heavy cornice separates the seventh and eighth floors. The eighth floor windows are arched, and a balustrade above caps the facade.[5]

The Milner Arms contains a total of 93 apartments. Sixty-eight are studio apartments, ranging from 250 to 600 square feet. Twenty-two are one-bedroom units of about 800 square feet, and the remaining three are two-bedroom units of about 1,020 square feet.[4]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b c d Hotel Stevenson Archived 2007-10-11 at the Wayback Machine from the city of Detroit
  3. ^ Ren Farley. "Hotel Stevenson / Milner Arms Apartments". Retrieved February 16, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Kirk Pinho (March 24, 2016), Milner Arms apartments in Midtown sell to Broder & Sachse, Crain's Detroit Businsee
  5. ^ Gretchen Griner (February 1997), National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Hotel Stevenson