The historic Park Shelton in Detroit, MI, was
recently given new life as a luxury condominium complex, and the project
included modern stonework within the individual units. Standard materials included
Baltic Brown for the kitchen countertops and Crema Marfil for bathroom
The Park Shelton, a classic rendition of 1920s
beaux-arts revival architecture and a distinguished landmark in Detroit, MI, is
emerging as the residence of choice for a new generation of academics, artists,
doctors, attorneys, judges and other homeowners seeking a sophisticated,
upscale urban lifestyle. And as part of the $15 million renovation, a range of
contemporary stonework can be found in the new condominium interiors.
Upgrades for the kitchen countertops include the
use of Santa Cecilia granite.
Opened in 1926 as the Wardell Hotel, the Park
Shelton has undergone a $15 million renovation over the last two years that
converted the building into an elegant 227-unit condominium complex.
Highlighting this restoration of one of Detroit’s
historic architectural gems has been the rejuvenation of the classic artistry
represented in its natural stone and detailed plasterwork. This is complemented
by the craftsmanship of the contemporary marble, granite and tile installed in
the kitchens, baths and living areas.
A variety of edge treatments were used for the
As of last fall, well over half of the 227
condominiums have been sold, according to Eric Rowe, site superintendent for
the project. Originally an apartment hotel and later operated as an apartment
complex, the Park Shelton remained open during the conversion, said Rowe. The
apartment residents were given one- or two-year lease options before vacating,
or offered discounted purchase agreements.
Some homeowners have also selected granite for
their bathrooms for a more pristine, dramatic look, said Ann Corder, project
contemporary stonework of the condominium interiors was crafted by TJ Ceramic
Tile Sales, Inc. of Southfield, MI. As a standard offering, the kitchen spaces
were designed with a choice of three granites - Baltic Brown with straight
polished edges, Impala Black with a “Bird’s Beak” edge and Ubatuba with a full
bullnose edge. Upgrades included materials such as Santa Cecilia, Absolute
Black, Tan Brown, Mystic Green, Black Galaxy and Sunset Red.
Photo by Scott Just- In
addition to the private condominiums, a major aspect of the Park Shelton
preservation and restoration work was on the marble walls and columns of the
Meanwhile, Crema Marfil marble was chosen as the
standard material for sink tops and vanities, with upgrades including
Madreperia and Giallo Reale marble for bathroom vanity tops. Some homeowners
have also selected granite for their bathrooms, such as Absolute Black, for a
more pristine, dramatic look, said Ann Corder, project coordinator.
Photo by Scott Just
Homeowners desiring to replace the original bathroom
mosaic floors also had the option to upgrade to a material of their
In addition to the stone, tile and plaster
renovations, the Park Shelton project has included replacing the galvanized
water pipes with copper, upgrading and modernizing the electrical system,
including installing a new back-up generator; and refinishing all of the
original hardwood floors. An adjacent private, secured four-story parking
garage also has been added on the hotel’s east side.
Work in the main lobby also included
reactivating the original marble lion’s head fountains.
“When it was opened in 1926 as the 650-room
Wardell Hotel, it was the most prestigious hotel in Detroit at that time,” said Rowe. “A lot of
vaudeville performers stayed there, and over the years, many other famous
guests used the Park Shelton as temporary quarters, including Bob Hope, George
Burns and Gracie Allen and Raymond Burr.
The hotel’s most
famous tenant was Diego Rivera, who stayed there while painting his famous
murals in the Detroit Institute of Arts, located directly across Kirby Street
on Woodward Avenue.
Now that the renovation is complete,
there is great anticipation that the project will continue its legacy as a city
landmark. “The Park Shelton has set the new benchmark for historic renovations
and luxury living for a new generation in Detroit,”