Welcome to the El Moore

The Nature of Sustainable Urban Living

The El Moore has stood at the corner of Second Avenue and West Alexandrine Street since 1898. As Detroit starts the next chapter in its remarkable story, the El Moore too is embarking on a significant new journey, one that honors its storied past while looking forward to a more sustainable future. Today, as a sustainably-rehabilitated and -operated residential apartment buildingurban lodge, and gardens the El Moore welcomes both residents and visitors to explore the intersection of nature, community, and the city together. 

The El Moore story, in so many ways, is a true Detroit story. It began its life as spacious, upscale flats catering to auto executives on Detroit’s near-rural periphery. Some thirty years later, it was transformed into a crowded, Depression-era boarding house. The El Moore emerged again as a central place in the gritty but singular Cass Corridor story of the 1960s and ’70s, only to again decline in the late 20th century, eventually becoming foreclosed and abandoned. The El Moore has been both witness and mirror to the extraordinary changes in the neighborhood and city around it. 

Come join us in helping to create a more sustainable future for our neighborhood, our beloved city of Detroit, and our planet.

El Moore Lodge

Overnight Accommodations in a vibrant Detroit neighborhood

View of Detroit from the rooftop cabin in the El Moore Lodge in Detroit, Michigan

Experience the nature of sustainable urban lodging at the El Moore. Our Lodge offers guests a range of beautifully appointed accommodations embedded within a diverse and welcoming residential community. The Lodge provides a thoughtful, comfortable, and sustainable guest experience while offering unsurpassed customer service. Enjoy the uniquely immersive and personal experience of participating in this living, growing, urban community.

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El Moore Residences

Historic Annual Lease Residences

Interior view of studio residence at the El Moore in Midtown area of Detroit, Michigan

Experience the nature of sustainable urban living at the El Moore. Our resident community is comprised of a diverse group of neighbors who share the belief that our relationships to our environment and to each other go a long way toward enhancing our quality of life. We are privileged to live in a distinctive, historic 1898 apartment building that has been renovated to support our sustainability goals while providing wellness, comfort and aesthetic beauty.  More information on the El Moore Residences can be found here.

El Moore Gardens

Neighborhood Garden Celebrating the Seasons


Opening June 2, 2019 – Located next to the historic El Moore building, at the corner of Second and Alexandrine, the El Moore Gardens is a publicly-accessible neighborhood garden filled with native Michigan plants. It is intended to support natural biodiversity and provide visitors an opportunity renew their connectedness to nature. The daily schedule and more details can be found here.


Our Neighborhood

Experience the Past, Present and Future of Detroit

View of the Midtown neighborhood from the rooftop cabins at the El Moore Lodge in Detroit, Michigan

Whether you call it Cass Farms, the Cass Corridor, or Midtown, our neighborhood is a thriving, vibrant community of residents and small businesses as well as some of Michigan’s most cherished and storied institutions. Midtown Detroit is home to internationally renowned jewels like the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Detroit Public Library, as well as distinguished learning and research institutions such as Wayne State University, The College for Creative Studies, and the Detroit Medical Center. Residents of the El Moore and visitors to the El Moore Lodge will be just steps away from a large and growing number of shops, cafes, restaurants and grocery stores in a walkable, historic district that is at the forefront of Detroit’s ongoing revitalization.

Here are some blog posts written about our neighborhood.


Our Commitment to a Sustainable Future

Solar panels on the roof of the El Moore generate sustainable energy

The El Moore is a deep exploration of the nature of sustainable urban living. It is a sister project to the Green Garage, a sustainable workplace located just a few blocks away.

Sustainability has been carefully integrated into every aspect of the El Moore. We care about the earth and have taken steps to significantly lower our impact on it. We’ve designed our energy usage to be 20% of an average apartment building’s by using super-insulated walls and ceilings, geothermal heating and cooling, super low-e windows, photovoltaic solar panels, and energy efficient appliances. We reduce our waste by recycling and composting, and our water usage by harvesting rainwater and using low flow fixtures.

Sustainability starts with our relationship with the earth, but must also include our relationship with each other. We believe that strong communities are essential for a sustainable future, and the resident community that lives at the El Moore is at the heart of our exploration. Our residents’ health and well-being has been accounted for in the El Moore’s design in the form of extensive natural daylight, fresh air ventilation, windows that open, sound-proofed walls and ceilings, comfort-driven design and lead-free plumbing.

We’re discovering a new, harmonious balance between nature and the urban environment at the El Moore, using the triple-bottom line framework as a starting point for our designs. We then let the existing elements (both natural & man-made) and science guide us from there. What better place to embark on this exploration than the city of Detroit, a place with a rich history of resilience and creative spirit?

Contact Us

Ways to Reach Us

Email:         lodge@elmoore.com

Toll Free:    844-ELMOORE (844-356-6673)

Local:          313-924-4374

Postal:         624 West Alexandrine Street, Detroit, Michigan 48201