The Kean

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The Kean
The Kean Detroit MI.jpg
Location 8925 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°21′27″N 82°59′12″W / 42.35750°N 82.98667°W / 42.35750; -82.98667Coordinates: 42°21′27″N 82°59′12″W / 42.35750°N 82.98667°W / 42.35750; -82.98667
Built 1931
Architect Charles Noble
Architectural style Art Deco
MPS East Jefferson Avenue Residential TR
NRHP reference # 85002940[1]
Added to NRHP October 09, 1985

The Kean is an apartment building located at 8925 East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, directly adjacent to the Hibbard Apartment Building. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.[1]


The Kean is a striking Art Deco apartment building designed by Charles Noble in 1931.[2] The building is sixteen stories high, containing four apartments per floor.[3] The main structure is brick; the entrance is embellished with light orange terra cotta, inset medallions, and Corinthian columns. The hipped roof is tiled, and edged with a red and white checkerboard pattern and gargoyles.[3]

With the onset of the Great Depression, this was the last of the large residential apartments built along Jefferson until well after World War II.[4] The building is currently operated as an apartment building by Cynex Enterprises.


  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. 
  3. ^ a b The Kean Apartments from
  4. ^ Kean, The from the state of Michigan

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