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Michigan Central Station. Michigan Avenue. December 2009

^^ Roosevelt Park.

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Michigan Avenue

Campus Martius

Cadillac Square

^^ City Hall

Campus Martius again

Michigan Avenue

Woodward Avenue

Campus Martius

Ren Center, Jefferson Avenue

Brush Park :nono:

^^ Masonic Theatre

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August 2010

First we begin at Washington Blvd and Michigan Avenue

Washington Boulevard

^^ St Aloysius

^^ Book-Cadillac Hotel, Now a Westin. Built in 1924.

^^ State Street

^^ Washington Boulevard and Michigan Avenue

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Capital Park

Griswold Street

Campus Martius/ John F. Kennedy Square

^^ Woodward Avenue

Campus Martius/ John F. Kennedy Square

^^ Cadillac Square

^^ Woodward Avenue

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Woodward Avenue.

^^ Woodward Avenue and East Grand River Avenue

^^ Clifford Street

Woodward Avenue

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^^ Thanks bud!

Grand Circus Park

^^ Madison Street

^^ Woodward Avenue

^^ Central United Methodist on Woodward Avenue

^^ Washington Blvd

^^ On the right is the former site of the Statler Hotel. I firmly believe it's destruction was a terrible mistake.

^^ Corner of West Adams Street and Park Avenue.

West Adams Street

Heading back down Washington Blvd again.

^^ Washington Blvd and Clifford Street

^^ West Grand River Avenue and Washington Blvd

^^ State Street and Washington Blvd

^^ Michigan Avenue and Washington Blvd

St. Aloysius

God is in the details!

Book Tower, Washington Blvd

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What's being done to save this city? You can tell it has history.
The architecture looks so impressive, I hope that Detroit'll regain it's glory one day. Btw how does it look in whole state, does all the cities of Michigan State are in such a decay ??
Downtown of Detroit is really very nice Chad, thanks for those photos :)
Detroit certainly has some classic skyscrapers.
The centre of Detroit is a classic example of many U.S. cities - wonderful heritage of early 20th c. 'scrapers etc but hardly anyone in the streets hence a somewhat dead atmosphere. Hopefully this will change in the future as there is so much on offer in these cities.
Very good photos of a once great city.
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The architecture looks so impressive, I hope that Detroit'll regain it's glory one day.
I second that. It has so much potential to have a great Skyline if only their politicians can get things straight over there and reverse this trend...
What a tour!
It looks better than I expected. Hope Detroit will raise as a fenix from its ashes. It's a city with a lot of potential, also touristic.
Detroit is fine city in need of some TLC, hopefully it will be back to its former glory sometime in the future, fantastic photos! Some great architecture in Downtown.
what an extensive coverage of one of America's biggest cities.
So Detroit has relatively large share of classic-designed buildings
and the GM complex is just amazing.
thanks chad for the tour.
Thanks guys. I'm happy ya'll enjoyed my little tour. But stay put because I got more on the way! I think Detroit is a victim of it's own success (The automobile givith and the automobile takith away!) as well as being the victim of racial tension and poor playing on the part of local, state, and federal officials. Unfortunately not much can be done. Many older white detest Detroit and the population which lives there. Although young people, including my friend Zack who drove me around seem to take a better view of the city. However, unfortunately some areas like the ones I saw on the Eastside are lost. I remember when we were driving over by Packard, it was difficult to tell whether we were in a large city or out in the country. Also, as with Devils Night, arson is still an issue.
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Eastown Theater, Harper Avenue.

The Eastown opened in a largely residential area on Harper Avenue near Van **** at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1, 1931, with the movie "Sporting Blood," starring Clark Gable. Advertisements in newspapers at the time declared the theater’s opening as the “dawn of a new entertainment era” and invited Detroiters to “thrill to the glory of Detroit’s newest, finest Palace of Happiness.’” The ads also proclaimed the theater’s opening as “the most glorious event in the history of east Detroit.” Business owners and merchants in the neighborhood pitched in by decorating the surrounding streets for the grand opening.

With 2,500 seats, it was comparable in size and elegance to most of the downtown theaters. The Eastown was built solely for “talking pictures,” and when it opened, admission was 15 cents for afternoons, a quarter for evenings and 35 cents for Saturday and Sunday evenings. Children got in any time for a dime. Patrons would get dressed up for a night at the movies, and uniformed ushers would guide them to their seats.

The complex was built for the Wisper & Wetsman movie chain, one of the largest independent operators of movie theaters in metro Detroit at the time. It was designed by architect V.J. Waier, who used a blend of classical styles for an interior that was mostly Baroque. It is his only known surviving work in the city. The building was constructed between 1926 and 1930 and featured a 6-foot-high lit dome in the auditorium with a gold-gilded ceiling. The lobby featured imported marble with a wide, elegant marble stairway flowing into the mezzanine. Like those theaters downtown, the Eastown featured office space and stores, but it also had 35 apartments. In addition, it had the grand Eastown Ballroom, with large arched windows, a band shell and an oak dance floor. Up to 300 people could dine there on fine linen and elegant china or attend weddings and banquets.

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