Detroit's Palmer Woods: Celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2015!

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Welcome to Palmer Woods, a Detroit neighborhood filled with harmony, diversity and warmth: multicultural residents, architectural treasures, and natural beauty in a wooded, urban setting. Our historic enclave of about 300 homes is nestled west of Woodward Avenue and north of Seven Mile Road in Detroit, Michigan.

On this site, learn about our community: the Palmer Woods Association, our history, services available to our neighborhood, news, events and more.

Visit our quiet, winding streets and tree-lined sidewalks, bordered by magnificent Tudor Revival, Neo-Georgian, Mediterranean, Modern and Craftsman homes designed by architectural legends such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Minoru Yamasaki, Albert Kahn, Maginnis & Walsh, C. Howard Crane, Richard H. Marr and others.

Enjoy our neighborhood gatherings—block club parties, concerts, estate sales, home tours, and planting projects, as well as informal get-togethers for bike rides, walks, gardening, and discussion groups.

Palmer Woods: a garden of creative and vibrant energy and home to doctors, writers, artists, musicians, lawyers, judges, educators, business owners, union members, students, innovators, leaders and professionals from all walks of life.  Also home to multitudes of dogs and cats, as well as cardinals, gold finches, blue jays, squirrels, raccoons, and a colorful array of wildlife.

Children's Concerts: Palmer Woods Music in Homes and the Creative Arts Collective present a free concert series for Detroit-area children. Partnering with several Detroit Public Schools, various youth organizations, and other groups of children who may not have opportunities to experience live music, musicians perform a special concert several hours prior to our evening concert.

  • A Black History Month Jazz concert with the Charles Boles Quintet will be held on Sat. Feb. 28, 5 pm; and 
  • A classical concert with violinist Jannina Norpoth and pianist Maria Meirelles will be held on Sat. March 28, 5 pm.

To sponsor a free concert for children on the 2015 series or add your name to our email list, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

titlePalmer Woods Spring Cleaning Clothing Drive. Each year the Palmer Woods Association organizes a clothing drive. The neighborhood donations went to The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Detroit Thrift Stores. Numerous Palmer Woods families donated their gently-used clothing. Read more


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Jazz, Classical & World Music
Next Concert: Black History Month Jazz with Charles Boles Quartet, Sat. Feb. 28
Sold Out: Mardi Gras with Alvin Waddles
Sat. Jan 31

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altPalmer Woods Music in Homes presents concerts each month through June with a different jazz, classical or world music ensemble performing in mansions and historic homes and gardens.

On Saturday, February 28 concert stars master pianist/composer Charles Boles with guitarist A. Spencer Barefield, Robert Hurst on bass, and drummer Renell Gonsalves (son of jazz tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves of the Duke Ellington band). In his 80s, Boles was mentored by the best—Barry Harris—and went on to play with music legends such as Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Donald Byrd, Dinah Washington, BB King and many others. Read more and order tickets 

Music in Homes showcases magnificent architecture and 100-year history, which we will celebrate with numerous additional events during the Palmer Woods Centennial in 2015. We will also hold our 2nd Annual Garden Tour in July. Please join us! 

Click here to download a Music in Homes brochure with mail-in ticket order form.


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Mardi Gras

AlvinWattle sm Mardi Gras Celebration & feast with pianist extraordinaire Alvin Waddles with his Fats Waller Review, Sat. Jan 30. Also on the bill: Gene Parker on sax, Marion Hayden on bass and Djallo Keita on drums. Read more

Black History Jazz

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Black History Month Tribute to Jazz Legends on Sat. Feb. 28 with pianist Charles Boles, bassist Robert Hurst, guitarist A. Spencer Barefield and drummer Renell Gonsalves. Read more

Classical Music in Homes

Jannina edited web Maria Meirelles web copyA classical concert exploring 20th and 21st century composers with Brazilian-born pianist Maria Meirelles and violinist Jannina Norpoth, Sat. March 28. Read more


Recycle Here!

Recycle paper, bottles, cans & more curbside every every other Thursday in Palmer Woods. Read more