2016 National Historic Landmark Designations
Lafayette Park in Detroit was designated as a National Historic Landmark in August 2015. It represents one of the earliest-planned and most successful urban renewal projects of the mid-twentieth century. Meant to stem the tide of middle and upper-income families leaving for the suburbs, it succeeded in creating an ethnically diverse community that continues to thrive today. This site is significant for its collaborative design scheme between the Modern movement’s most influential originators, architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, developer Herbert Greenwald, planner Ludwig Hilberseimer, and landscape architect Alfred Caldwell. Lafayette Park has the largest collection of Mies van der Rohe buildings in the world, and retains a high degree of integrity for both its architecture and designed landscape.
Originally published in "Exceptional Places" Vol. 11, 2016, a newsletter of the Division of Cultural Resources, Midwest Region. Written by National Park Service Staff.