Santa Fe Apartments

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Santa Fe Apartments
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Location of former Santa Fe Apartments
Location 681 Merrick Street
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°21′24″N 83°4′19″W / 42.35667°N 83.07194°W / 42.35667; -83.07194Coordinates: 42°21′24″N 83°4′19″W / 42.35667°N 83.07194°W / 42.35667; -83.07194
Built 1925
Architect F.W. Wiedmaier, John B. Gay
Architectural style Mission/Spanish Revival, Other
Demolished c. 1986
MPS University-Cultural Center Phase II MRA
NRHP Reference # 86000996[1]
Added to NRHP May 01, 1986

The Santa Fe Apartments were an apartment building located at 681 Merrick Street in Detroit, Michigan. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986[1] and subsequently demolished by Wayne State University;[2] the site is now the location of the Yousif B. Ghafari Hall.


The Santa Fe was built in 1925 for $95,000.[3] The building was a fine example of Mission and Spanish Revival; this style was used frequently for homes and religious buildings, but its use in a multi-unit dwelling is rare.[3]


The Santa Fe Apartments were a five-story apartment building built of brick, tile, and grey stone, with plentiful architectural details on the front façade.[3] Vertical elements on the façade were created by rectangular columns and tall, narrow windows on the upper floors. The exterior also featured dentil moldings, a broken scroll pediment above the second level, and decorative railings.[3] The sides were quoined and decorative brick and tile work graced the chimneys. The roof was formed with a distinctive Mission style parapet.[3]


  1. ^ a b Staff (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "2020 Campus Master Plan: Existing Conditions and Analysis," pg. 45. Wayne State University (2002). Retrieved on 2008-07-04.
  3. ^ a b c d e Santa Fe Apartments from the city of Detroit