I had the great pleasure of taking a walking tour of one of Detroits most beautiful neighborhoods today. DF Sheila and I, along with her father, BIL and nephew walked through the historic neighborhood of Palmer Woods which is right smack dab in the middle of Detroit. Don't be afraid.....
This neighborhood is a gem in the middle of a city that normally gets a bad rap. This neighborhood has a wonderful park like setting with winding roads and Tudor Revival, Neo-Georgian, Mediterranean, Modern and Craftsman homes designed by architectural legends such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Minoru Yamasaki, Albert Kahn, Maginnis & Walsh, C. Howard Crane, Richard H. Marr and others. It was a drizzly day today but not wet enough to dampen our spirits or that of our tour guide.
All pictures are clickable so you can take a closer look. The stonework, the slate roofs and the gardens are all spectacular. Many of the homes have stained or lead glass windows - they were all so pretty. The gardens, many behind gorgeous wrought iron fences, were just breathtaking. The neighborhood is very park like in feel and it was of course, designed that way. There are no curbs and there are wonderful, little islands in the middle of streets to help maintain the parklike setting.
If you live in the metro Detroit area and haven't seen this gem, you should go - get out, walk around or better yet, go on a tour. Thank you Sheila, and Mr. B for letting me tag-a-long!
I hope you'll stick around to the end of the tour because I saved the best for last!
The last picture I'll show you is the largest home in Detroit - it's 40,000 square feet and was once the home of a Detroit Bishop. Later, John Sally (Detroit Piston) lived there (I'll bet the residents loved the parties he threw) but it has since been sold and is now owned by a minister in a non-denominational church. Because it was a Catholic residence, there is even a chapel - you'll see - it's gorgeous.
Anyway, I hope you'll enjoy this little tour of one of Detroit's prettiest neighborhoods:
Can you just imagine a chandelier hanging from the center of this glass structure (greenhouse???) with an elegant dinner party going on?
There was a modern home thrown in every now and then - not my favorite.... I thought this one looked a bit like a contemporary church:
Okay... back to the houses I loved:
And finally, here is the Bishop's home. I've included the historical marker so you can read for yourself - suffice it to say this is a whopper of a house - 40,000 square feet of pure opulence. It even has a chapel, I love the angel over the stained glass.
How special is this?
Thank you so much for all the sweet comments on my SB finish! You're all so sweet!
I got a sweet gift from a dear friend but I'm waiting on her response to see if I can post pictures of it. Let me just say - you could have knocked me over with a feather it was so special and such a wonderful surprise. Thank you so much, Andrea! You are just the best!
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