TIME magazine Blog
Wright's Treasure, or Preserving the City
Posted by Karen Dybis Monday, March 15, 2010
"You've probably heard about Detroit's $100 houses, the burned-out buildings and the empty shells deteriorating block after block.
But have you heard about the million-dollar plus renovation happening to this little place on Seven Mile?" … read more:
TIME Magazine, THE DETROIT BLOG
And the Night Shall be Filled with Music
By Karen Dybis Thursday, January 14, 2010
Picture this: Motor City Blues Queen Thornetta Davis singing to an intimate group inside one of Detroit's most regal homes.
She sways to the beat, her energy growing with the audience's obvious enjoyment. The crowd, all of about 130 people, is quiet, respectful, adoring. Blues in an Old English Castle off of Woodward Avenue? It never sounded better.
This night came together in an unlikely yet ideal setting. Davis was the opening act in a series of nine concerts that are part of the Palmer Woods Music in Homes program. Not only are these concerts entertaining, they are enriching one of Detroit's oldest and most prestigious neighborhoods.
Motor City Cribs
Putting Detroit's musical wealth in elegant Palmer Woods settings by Doug Coombe
"Architecturally speaking, Palmer Woods might be Detroit's greatest neighborhood."
Music in the Mansions
Concert Series Showcases Life in Palmer Woods
By Maureen McDonald | January 5, 2010
On Jan. 30, the Dwight Adams Ensemble will perform at one of the largest homes in Palmer Woods. The concert is part of the Music in the Homes concert series, a way to subsidize maintenance and security in this historic neighborhood. View larger photo
The clear sound of trumpeter Dwight Adams will fill an old mansion in Detroit's Palmer Woods neighborhood with the sound of New Orleans, the rhythm of the saints.
The Mardi Gras Celebration concert is slated for 8 p.m. Jan. 30 in one of the largest homes in Palmer Woods. It's part of the Music in the Homes concert series, a novel way to subsidize maintenance and security in this historic neighborhood ….
Read more: http://www.detroitmakeithere.com/article/20100105/DM01/100109970/0
Barbara and A. Spencer Barefield use music and architecture to highlight Detroit's best
December 24, 2009, Detroit Cultural Events Examiner
By Rhonda Welsh, Examiner.com
Chances are you have heard about Palmer Woods if you are a native Detroiter. But you probably didn’t find out about it in the media because this enclave nestled west of Woodward Avenue and north of Seven Mile Road rarely makes it into news reports. Beautiful homes and great architecture just aren’t sexy enough.
National and local media alike prefer to report stories about high drop out rates, failing schools and rampant unemployment. Consequently, people spend a lot of time talking about what’s bad about Detroit.
But, cultural advocates Barbara and A.Spencer Barefield are on a quest to change this dynamic. She is a visual artist and he is an internationally-renowned guitarist. Together, they have formed the Creative Arts Collective (CAC). Barbara Barefield recently sat down for a virtual chat with the Examiner.com to talk about the CAC and their Palmer Woods Music in Homes Concert Series.
Read more: http://www.examiner.com/x-17106-Detroit-Cultural-Events-Examiner~y2009m12d24-Barbara-and-A-Spencer-Barefield-use-music-and-architecture-to-highlight-Detroits-best
Mansions, Castles, Cool Homes Great Music
Detroit’s historic neighborhood Palmer Woods toots its horn, strums its strings, and draws sellout crowds to its jazz, classical and world music concerts held in its historic homes. The first concert of the Palmer Woods Music in Homes featuring Blues queen Thornetta Davis on Saturday, December 26 (day after Christmas), is almost sold out, and the sales are lively for the eight additional concerts in the series. Concert tickets, $35 each, are available at www.palmerwoods.org or by calling 313-891-2514 for information. Discounts for groups and series tickets are available.
Read more: http://www.thedetroiter.com/v3/2009/12/palmer-woods-music-in-homes-series/
METRO TIMES 2009 Best of the Year Editors' Pick
PALMER WOODS HOME TOUR Best Way to Get Inside Old Detroit Buildings Without Trespassing
Yes, Detroit is famous as the place where modern day explorers spelunk their way through cavernous ruins, even in one infamous incident playing hockey and stumbling upon the odd dead body. But you can also get inside great old houses that are still the epitome of style and sumptuousness in the various home tours offered. The most elaborate and unique is the Palmer Woods Music in Homes series, now in its second year of presenting classy sounds (from jazz to world music) in the abodes of what was once referred to as Detroit's Gold Coast.
Palmer Woods Music in Homes, Palmer Woods Goes Bebop by Maureen McDonald:
2007-2008 Palmer Woods Music in Homes
“If you wish to live in a classically elegant home in a quiet, prestigious area of Detroit, this is a neighborhood to consider. It is also a marvelous example of urban planning.”
Making it Wright
New Life for Detroit's Only Frank Lloyd Wright House
By Paul Vachon | Nov. 9, 2009 | National Trust for Historic Preservation
Restoring a tarnished architectural gem takes guts, patience, and
nerves of steel—especially when the project is your future home. On
Detroit's west side, two visionary homeowners have taken on this
Read more: http://www.preservationnation.org/magazine/story-of-the-week/2009/make-it-wright-turkel-detroit.html
Historic Palmer Woods Holiday Home Tour
11/27/2008 7:46 pm
(WXYZ) - One of Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural gems can be found in Detroit's Palmer Woods neighborhood.
Read more and see a video: http://www.wxyz.com/news/local/story/Historic-Palmer-Woods-Holiday-Home-Tour/DB8xpupX9EGpbcPZWYUAzg.cspx
Detroit's Palmer Park area is a stately neighborhood of architectural showoffs. The area is the pride of the city's leading citizens, with English and colonial revival residences and bright green carpets of manicured lawn that command attention. But those who drive slowly down West Seven Mile Road, easing to a crawl on the busy thoroughfare, are treated to one of Detroit's architectural curiosities. Up a narrow driveway, screened off by foliage, is the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Dorothy Turkel house. Where Palmer Woods' homes stand drawn up in all their finery …