Coronado Apartments

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Coronado Apartments
Coronado Apartments - Detroit Michigan.jpg
Location3751-73 Second Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates42°20′49″N 83°3′52″W / 42.34694°N 83.06444°W / 42.34694; -83.06444Coordinates: 42°20′49″N 83°3′52″W / 42.34694°N 83.06444°W / 42.34694; -83.06444
ArchitectWilliam S. Joy
Architectural styleRomanesque Revival
Part ofWillis-Selden Historic District (#97001478)
NRHP reference #82002897[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 22, 1982
Designated CPDecember 01, 1997
Designated MSHSOctober 2, 1980[2]

The Coronado Apartments are an apartment building located on 3751–73 Second Avenue (on the corner of Second and Selden) in Midtown Detroit, Michigan. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1980[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1]


The Coronado Apartments were built in 1894 by George D. Nutt, a prominent Detroit builder,[2] and the architectural firm of William S. Joy & Company.[3] The building was one of the first apartment buildings in Detroit built for affluent middle class citizens[3] at a time when apartment living was just becoming socially acceptable.[2] The Coronado remained a fashionable address until the 1930s, when declining demand for large apartments, and increased demand for smaller units, led the Coronados owners to divide the formerly spacious apartments in two.[2] No further renovation was done until 1982, when the owners began a restoration and remodeling project.[2]


The Coronado is a four-story Romanesque apartment building built on a high basement.[2] It is constructed of yellow brick and rusticated sandstone with a flat roof and architecturally designed elevations on both the Second and Selden avenues sides. The Second Avenue façade is primarily symmetrical, with three entrances and open loggias on the floors above each. The façade is terminated at the south end by a curved bay window and at the north (Selden) corner by a round turret.[2] The building is divided horizontally, with rusticated sandstone forming the outer walls up through the second story, and yellow brick above. A broad cornice and wide panelled brick frieze, pierced with ventilation holes, tops the building.[2]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Coronado Apartments Archived 2011-06-06 at the Wayback Machine from the state of Michigan
  3. ^ a b Coronado Apartments from