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The Wardell
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
The Wardell (Park Shelton Condominiums) from across Woodward
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates: 42°21′38″N 83°3′58″W / 42.36056°N 83.06611°W / 42.36056; -83.06611Coordinates: 42°21′38″N 83°3′58″W / 42.36056°N 83.06611°W / 42.36056; -83.06611
Built/Founded: 1926
Architectural style(s): Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
Governing body: Private
Added to NRHP: August 22, 2007
NRHP Reference#: 07000744[1]

The Park Shelton Condominiums are located at 15 E. Kirby Avenue (on the corner of Kirby and Woodward Avenue) in Detroit, Michigan. They were built in 1926 as The Wardell, and were listed under this name in the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.


The Wardell was built in 1926 as a residential hotel, intended for extended stays.[2] The name comes from Fred Wardell, who owned the Eureka Vacuum Cleaner Company.[2] Diego Rivera lived there while working on his mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts.[2]

The Wardell was later rechristened the Park Shelton Hotel, offering luxurious accommodations, but set up as a more traditional hotel.[2] It was the Detroit hotel of choice for such celebrities as Bob Hope, George Burns, Gracie Allen, and Raymond Burr.[2] In the 1970s, the Park Shelton Hotel was converted to apartments.

In the 2004[3], the Park Shelton was redeveloped into condominiums, creating 227 luxury units in the building.[4] The newly refurbished building was opened in August 2004.[5]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15.  
  2. ^ a b c d e Patricia Ibbotson, Detroit's Historic Hotels and Restaurants, Arcadia Publishing, 2007, ISBN0738550809, p. 57.
  3. ^ R. J. King, "Park Shelton to convert to condos," The Detroit News June 29, 2004.
  4. ^ "Midtown Living" from Detroit Midtown, pp. 42-43
  5. ^ The Park Shelton from ModelD

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