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Lafayette Park

Lafayette Park, completed in 1960, is an exceptional example of modern urban architecture, as well as urban planning, according to the City of Detroit Historic Designation Advisory Board. Its 26 buildings by Mies van der Rohe, are his only works in Michigan and the largest collection of his buildings in the world. It includes a small shopping center.

Lafayette Park offers three high rise apartment buildings: Lafayette Pavilion and Lafayette Towers, designed by van der Rohe, and 1300 Lafayette East Cooperative, designed by Gunnar Birkerts. Each offers the unadorned, glass and steel feel of the Lafayette Park – which van der Rohe cited the "civilizing force" of technology as the "driving and sustaining forces" of its time – with their own swimming pools and fitness centers. However, many who prefer ground level condominiums and apartments value the intimate village feeling of the area.

Lafayette Park is a short walk from downtown and Eastern Market, and a short bike ride to the cultural center, downtown, and the East Riverfront/Belle Isle. A small shopping center offers built into the neighborhood on Lafayette Boulevard, complete with the Paris Café coffee shop and grocery store. There is plenty of green space, including a neighborhood park, with landscape architecture dressing up the periphery of the neighborhood.

For more information about Lafayette Park visit the Model D:
Neighborhood Guide

Lafayette Park Features

Green Grocer: Finding fresh food in greater downtown

Our food shopping tour concludes in Lafayette Park, East Riverfront and Midtown, where Nicole Rupersburg visits markets offering fresh produce, meats, fish and other home cooking staples. Marvin Shaouni puts it all into focus with his camera.

No property left behind recapped

A standing room crowd squeezed into a pop-up space in Lafayette Park to listen to members of Loveland Technologies, county officials and other land reuse experts talk about tax reverted Detroit properties. Matthew Lewis took a bunch of notes.

Model D & UIX present: "No property left behind"

Join us tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. at Cafe Con Leche's new Lafayette Park pop-up cafe for an Urban Innovation Exchange forum led by Jerry Paffendorf of Why Don't We Own This? and Loveland Technologies.

A city lover’s guide to America’s most underrated city

Jay Walljasper tours Detroit through the eyes of the revitalization fellows he's profiled and comes back with an up close and personal look at the city.

Mr. Mies' neighborhood

New book contains insightful essays, interviews with current and former residents, arresting portrait photography by local photographers, as well as an abundance of historic images, says our high rise specialist, Matt Piper.
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