As we’ve mentioned in earlier posts, the El Moore was designed in 1898 by local architect Almon Clother Varney. Besides being an authority on gracious living in late 19th century Detroit (see Our Homes and Their Adornments , 1883), Varney was a prolific architect. His creations, which included apartment buildings, factories and offices, hotels and private residences, popped up all over the city as well as in towns and cities across the state. Interestingly, Varney is credited with designing the very first apartment building in Detroit, the Varney Apartments at Park and Montcalm (The building was, sadly, razed in 1996). Although some Varney buildings have not survived to present day, many of them, like the El Moore, are, happily, with us still!
With that in mind, this week the Green Garage’s Tuesday walking group decided to do a “Varney Tour” of Midtown. We’d like to share with our readers the gems that we found, all within easy walking distance of the El Moore. Enjoy! “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor…”