Building InformationStreet Address: 1 Lafayette Plaisance
Year Built: 1959
Architect: Alfred Caldwell, Ludwig Hilberseimer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Lafayette Park is a residential development consisting of three distinct parts: a high-rise apartment building and townhouses, 13 acres of landscaped area, and twin apartment towers by noted International Style architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
The area was originally part of the Black Bottom neighborhood, which the city of Detroit chose as it’s first urban renewal project. The city hired Chicago developer Herbert Greenwald who had also worked with Mies van der Rohe on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive Apartments.
Lafayette Park is the largest collection of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s work in one place and is an example of Mies van der Rohe’s City of Tomorrow ideal which sought to combine dense housing in a serene garden setting.