The Park Shelton

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The Wardell
The Wardell (Park Shelton Condominiums) from across Woodward
Location 15 East Kirby Street
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°21′38″N 83°3′58″W / 42.36056°N 83.06611°W / 42.36056; -83.06611Coordinates: 42°21′38″N 83°3′58″W / 42.36056°N 83.06611°W / 42.36056; -83.06611
Built 1926
Architect Weston and Ellington
Architectural style Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals
NRHP Reference # 07000744[1]
Added to NRHP August 22, 2007

The Park Shelton is a historic condominium building located at 15 East Kirby Street (on the corner of Kirby and Woodward Avenue) in Midtown Detroit, Michigan. It was built in 1926 as a hotel, The Wardell, and the building was therefore listed under this name in the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.


The Wardell was designed by Detroit architects Weston and Ellington and built by Bryant and Detwiler [2] in 1926 as a residential hotel, intended for extended stays.[3] Architectural sculpture for the building was created by Corrado Parducci.[4] The name comes from Fred Wardell, who owned the Eureka Vacuum Cleaner Company.[3] Diego Rivera and his wife (and fellow artist), Frida Kahlo, lived there while working on his mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts.[3]

The Wardell was bought by Sheraton in the 1940s and became the Wardell-Sheraton, and later the Detroit-Sheraton. It was finally renamed The Park Shelton Hotel in the 1950s, offering luxurious accommodations, but set up as a more traditional hotel.[3] It was the Detroit hotel of choice for such celebrities as Bob Hope, George Burns, Gracie Allen, and Raymond Burr.[3] In the 1970s, the Park Shelton Hotel was converted to apartments.

In 2004,[5] the Park Shelton was redeveloped into condominiums, creating 227 luxury units in the building.[6] The newly refurbished building was opened in August 2004.[7]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ The Recent Work of Weston & Ellington, Architects and Engineers, Detroit, Michigan, 1928, Architectural Catalog Company, New York, 1928
  3. ^ a b c d e Patricia Ibbotson, Detroit's Historic Hotels and Restaurants, Arcadia Publishing, 2007, ISBN 0-7385-5080-9, p. 57.
  4. ^ Kvaran, Einar E., Shadowing Parducci unpublished manuscript
  5. ^ R. J. King, "Park Shelton to convert to condos," The Detroit News June 29, 2004.
  6. ^ "Midtown Living" from Detroit Midtown, pp. 42-43
  7. ^ The Park Shelton from ModelD

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