Sugar Hill Historic District (Detroit)

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For the place of the same name in New York City, see Sugar Hill Historic District (New York City).
Sugar Hill Historic District
Garfield Street, looking east from Woodward. The building to the left is the Garfield Building; the John Dingell Detroit Veterans' Administration Hospital is in the background.
Location Detroit, Michigan
 United States
Coordinates 42°21′16″N 83°3′40″W / 42.35444°N 83.06111°W / 42.35444; -83.06111Coordinates: 42°21′16″N 83°3′40″W / 42.35444°N 83.06111°W / 42.35444; -83.06111
Built 1946
Architect Cooper, T.W.,
Architectural style Beaux Arts, Early Commercial
NRHP Reference # 03000068[1]
Added to NRHP March 03, 2003

The Sugar Hill Historic District is a historic district in Detroit, Michigan. It is located along three streets: East Forest, Garfield, and East Canfield, between Woodward Avenue on the west and John R. on the east. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.[1]


Starting in the 1940s, rebuilding caused many residents living near downtown to move northward.[2] The area east of Woodward where the Detroit Medical Center now stands became the center of the entertainment district. The York Apartments at 74 Garfield, was demolished in the summer of 2008. An art gallery is located on Forest Ave. On Canfield, one of the historic properties was recently revitalized into loft condos and office space. After the Garfield Building was refurbished, other developments followed.[2]

The Garfield Building stands at the corner of Woodward and Garfield in the center of the district, as does the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The N'Namdi Art Center sits on Forest, as do the offices for Zachary and Associates, the firm that designated and developed the district. Most recently, in June 2010, 71 Garfield was completed. The building is intended as artist residences and studios and includes solar power, solar water heaters, water reclamation, and geothermal heating. Plans call next for a residential and commercial building to be constructed on the corner of John R. and Garfield. The building will be dubbed the "Sugar Hill Building.