Lee Plaza (Lee Plaza Hotel) can be found at 2240 West Grand Boulevard where it meets Lawton Street, Detroit, Michigan.
Another amazing example of 90 year old architecture still standing in 2019! The Lee Plaza (also the Lee Plaza Apartments) was built in 1929 by Charles Noble. The design was done in that of Art Deco, typical statement for that era. Initially it was built to be an upscale apartment with hotel like features.
The “I” design for its architectural style suited the 15 story immense structure. Built with reinforced concrete and steel. It had has 220, 1 to 4 bedroom apartments. The basement held ; a grocer / meat market, beauty parlor, children’s play room and a game room.
Unfortunately, due to the great depression the owner Ralph Lee and its investors quickly went bankrupt. From 1935 through 1943 ownership of the hotel was tied up in court. During this time the wealthier residents left and the place became more for transients and did not maintain its ‘upscale’ status.
The city of Detroit turned the building into a senior citizen home / facility in 1968. Unpopular with this people did not really stay here and the building closed in 1997.
In 1981, Lee Plaza was put on the National Register of Historic Places.
It has since passed through many proposals for its future and life. The most recent plans have fallen through and it seems to be for sale again as of August 2018.
Where is the Historic Lee Plaza apartments located? You can find it withe these coordinates. 42.359139, -83.101792.