Palmer Woods, Detroit

Palmer Woods is another beautifully historic neighborhood in Detroit. There are approximately 289 homes that make up this neighborhood.  It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Many of the wealthiest professionals call it home as of 2015.

The Palmer Woods district is named after a prominent citizen of nineteenth-century Detroit, Thomas W. Palmer who was also a United State Senate. During his lifetime, Palmer donated some of his land to the city of Detroit to establish Palmer Park, and gave additional land to the state of Michigan to build the Michigan State Fairgrounds.  The neighborhood received the Michigan Horticultural Society's Award of Merit in 1938 for being the finest platted subdivision in Michigan.

Many Colonial Revival and Tudor Revival style homes were constructed between about 1917 and 1929. After World War II, additional mansions were constructed. Many of the historically accurate homes are known for having large bricks and stones on the exterior. These stunning homes sit on large lots on elm-lined streets.  Also all the homes have their own unique architectural features. Palmer Woods has its own security service and an active voluntary neighborhood association.The most significant home in the district is the 62-room Bishop Gallagher residence. It was built in 1925 by the Fisher Brothers.To this day it is the largest house in the city of Detroit. Palmer Woods is within the Detroit Public Schools district. Residents are zoned to Palmer Park Preparatory Academy, formerly the Barbara Jordan School, for elementary and middle school.All residents are zoned to Mumford High School.Palmer Park is operated by teachers and not by a principal administrator. Not only is this a wonderful place to live because of the elegant homes but it a very safe friendly neighborhood.

 

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