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Detroit Police Department 8th Precinct

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Detroit, MI, United States, Michigan, USA 48208
Year Built/Circa: 1901
Vacancy: Vacant
Architect Builder Engineer: Louis Kamper

For this Woodbridge neighborhood police station, city officials selected one of Detroit’s most productive and ingenious architects, Louis Kamper, whose now restored Book-Cadillac Hotel may be his greatest design. You might think that the Detroit’s city fathers in the last decade of the Nineteenth Century would not lean toward the castles of the Rhine or the Loire as a model for a neighborhood police house. But they did, and Louis Kamper executed such a design exceptionally competently. There are two distinct two-story buildings here with a one-story arcade linking them. In each building, a limestone-faced first floor with parapet walls supports a second story faced in brick. The larger building was the police station. It is impressive. You notice a triple arched entrance between two large conical towers. In 1901, when this building opened, I presume that the police often rode horses to quickly reach the scene of an incident. I assume the smaller building served as a stable and storage area in the early years, and then as a garage when the police switched to motor vehicles. The smaller building also is graced with two appealing conical towers, but one is quite small. Kamper designed this chateauesque police station shortly after he designed the castle-like Colonel Hecker Home at Woodward and East Ferry.


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