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The Lafayette Park development is a large park and complex of apartments and housing cooperatives just east of downtown Detroit, Michiganmarker. The area is part of the Mies van der Rohe Residential District listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


The urban renewal project was originally called the Gratiot Park Development. Planned by Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig Hilberseimer and Alfred Caldwell it includes a landscaped, park with no through traffic, in which these and other low-rise apartment buildings are sited.

The apartment buildings of Lafayette Park are classic examples of Mies' International Style, with their simplicity, clean proportions, and cladding of tinted glass and aluminum.

The park and development are located roughly half-way between downtown and Chene Park, and are also close to Belle Isle and the MacArthur Bridge. There is also easy access to I-375, Gratiot Avenue, and Jefferson Avenue.

Constituent buildings

Building Name Floors Year Completed
1300 Lafayette East Cooperative 29 1961
Lafayette Pavilion Apartmentsmarker 22 1958
Lafayette Towers Apartments East 22 1963
Lafayette Towers Apartments Westmarker 22 1963
The Windsor Towermarker 21 1965


The community is zoned to Detroit Public Schools.

Residents are zoned to Chrysler Elementary School, Duffield K-8 for middle school, and Martin Luther King High School.

Detroit Public Librarymarker operates the Elmwood Park Branch Library at 550 Chene. The branch first opened on April 21, 1975 in the Elmwood Park Plaza. The first owners of the shopping plaza included the branch after residents insisted on the inclusion of the library. As of 2009 it is the only branch located in a shopping plaza.


Image:LafayetteParkDetroit.jpg|Lafayette Park Detroit includes shoppingImage:Lafayette Pavillion Apartment.jpg|1300 Lafayette East Cooperative in the foreground, Lafayette Pavilion Apartmentsmarker in the backgroundImage:Mies van der Rohe Residential District.jpg|Lafayette Park's constituent apartment buildingsImage:1300 Lafayette East Cooperative.jpg|1300 Lafayette East CooperativeImage:1300coopDetroit.jpg|1300 Lafayette EastImage:Lafayette Pavillion Apartments.jpg|Lafayette Towers Apartments EastImage:PavillionAptwestDetroit.jpg|Lafayette Towers Apartments Westmarker

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