Pasadena Apartments

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Pasadena Apartments
Pasadena Apartments Detroit MI.jpg
Location2170 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates42°20′12″N 83°1′34″W / 42.33667°N 83.02611°W / 42.33667; -83.02611Coordinates: 42°20′12″N 83°1′34″W / 42.33667°N 83.02611°W / 42.33667; -83.02611
ArchitectMortimer L. Smith & Sons
Architectural styleRenaissance Revival
MPSEast Jefferson Avenue Residential TR
NRHP reference #85002944[1]
Added to NRHPOctober 09, 1985

The Pasadena Apartments is an apartment building located at 2170 East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.[1]

Pasadena Apartments, c. 1905


The Pasadena Apartment Building is an eleven-story building constructed of yellow brick with limestone facing on the two lower floors.[2] A column of bay windows rises from the basement to the tenth floor; a classic style entrance is in the center of the front façade.[2] The building originally had classical details on the upper floors, including a cornice and false balconies, that have been removed.[2]


The building is an early example of upper-class, multi-unit housing, and is one of the earliest of these structures to be built with reinforced concrete.[2] The building was constructed at a time when newly wealthy families associated with Detroit's industrial boom were appearing, yet financing requirements for private homes were substantial.[3] These families often preferred to rent upscale apartments. The Pasedena is notable for its scale, design, and materials.


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