The Hamilton Midtown

The Hamilton Midtown is an eight-story residential building located in the heart of Detroit’s bustling Midtown neighborhood. It initially opened in 1913 as the Hotel Stevenson and was later renamed the Milner Arms. In 1997, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and in 2016, Broder + Sachse Real Estate Development purchased the building with the goal of revitalizing it while providing a housing option that artfully blends historic and modern ambiance in a vibrant and popular Detroit neighborhood. Named after Rainy Hamilton Jr., the founder and owner of Hamilton Anderson Associates, HAA served as Architect of Record and provided interior design services for the historic renovation project.
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Architecture / Interior Design / 2018

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Smaller units combined with large gathering spaces and numerous amenities encourages tenants to gather and network, creating a community in a restored historical Detroit destination. "

In addition to restoration and upgrades to the building’s facade and exterior, the team collaborated to gut the interior and refinish all spaces from the first floor common areas to corridors and residential units while overcoming the typical yet unique challenges faced when restoring a historic property. The 76,300 SF, $18.8 million project features 97 micro-, one-and two-bedroom units ranging from 224 to 810 SF and serves as a visual representation of the commitment to maintaining Detroit’s history in a revitalized community by breathing life back into a destination with strong roots in the city.

The program was specific to catering to the amenity needs of tenants. HAA accomplished this by activating previously underutilized areas to provide resources such as a fitness/wellness room and a laundry room/lounge, and the former tenant laundry room was transformed into the leasing/manager’s office and concierge. Additional amenities for residents include a pet grooming center and secure bike storage. The original ornate dining room on the ground floor, which had been insensitively altered and divided for a manager’s apartment, was restored and re-dedicated to provide a community room to foster connectivity, ultimately creating a dynamic space designed to cater to large events while providing an area for intimate, smaller groups. Ultimately, the design of the eclectic space truly influences the lifestyle of tenants. Smaller units combined with large gathering spaces and numerous amenities encourages tenants to gather and network, creating a community in a restored historical Detroit destination.

As AOR, the HAA team took the project from concept through construction, and phases included the development of existing building dimensions in Revit, concept planning, schematic design, design development, construction documents, documentation and construction administration.

In the news:

The Hamilton Midtown reopens after $12M renovation

Milner Arms Apartments reopens as Hamilton Midtown Detroit after $16 million renovation

Renovated Milner Arms In Midtown Reopens As ‘The Hamilton’

Disciplines

  • Architecture
  • Interior Design

Type(s)

  • Historic / Reuse
  • Housing

Services

  • Architecture
  • Construction Contract Administration
  • Construction Documents
  • Historic Preservation
  • Interior Design

Client

  • Richard Broder / Todd Sachse

LOCATION

  • Detroit, MI
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