kingston arms apartments



296 East Grand Boulevard

  • 4 1/2 stories
  • Twenty-four 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units (some with 2 baths)
  • Units range from 450 to 1190 square feet

Kingston Arms Apartments was built in 1925 to take advantage of late teens and early twenties population boom in the City of Detroit. It was constructed by an individual owner who encountered problems in the building's early days of existence. The permit to build Kingston Arms was initially issued in 1916, but due to a lawsuit, construction of the building was delayed until 1924 when owner Albert A. Rose, won an appeal that allowed him to begin construction.

The 1925-26 Dictory published by R.L. Polk & Company and the 1926-27 Detroit City Dictory listed several building's occupants and their occupations. These included Harry Foster, a salesman; William J. Siebert, manager of Enggass Jewelry Company; John F. Plappert of Hawken and Plappert; a real estate and insurance company; and Mrs. Cara B. Field, Who is thought to be a relative of Moses W. Field, the original owner of much of the land in the area. It is said that Kingston Arms had no trouble attracting residents with its respectable facade and comfortable middle-class decor.

In 1990 Church of the Messiah Housing Corporation purchased the building and has performed 2 moderate rehabs on it. Kingston Arms Apartments was placed on the Historic Register in 1999.