Hey fellow Midwest forumers, I made my return to the Motor City this past September for a Tigers game and dinner, and a downtown tour, which I have not done for a few years... too bad the weather wasn't the greatest, but at least it was dry. Without further, downtown MOTOWN...
They were filming "Transformers" here, and I caught a few scenes of devastation/destruction here...
Took a tour down Washington Blvd. THANK GOD they took that pedestrian mall out.
Detail of one of the most amazing churches in the city, St. Aloysius, built in 1930
Looking up at the now-vacant David Stott Tower, built in 1929.
Comerica Tower and First National Building, built in 1930
Millender Center and Renaissance Center
Front Entrance to RenCen on Jefferson
GM Wintergarden, looking south to Windsor, Ontario
Looking through the glass at the top of the Ren Cen, it rises 221 meters (725 ft), making it the tallest all-hotel building in the Western Hemisphere, the tallest building in Michigan and the tallest between Chicago and Cleveland.
GM Wintergarden again
Looking up at the Marriott Hotel and Office Towers, through the glass...
GM World's Car Exhibit
Inside the Andiamo, very nice restaurant
Andiamo Riverfront Italian Restaurant, in the RenCen Wintergarden
Looking south to Windsor with a glass of wine to show...
Views of Windsor from the Andiamo Restaurant, wouldn't you just love a view like this, while eating your dinner here?
Looking up at the RenCen from outside...
Windsor, Ontario skyline
Andiamo Riverfront from Outside
Looking east along the Riverwalk, btw, there were a lot of weddings held downtown this day, saw same by the Fox Theatre and here near the RenCen
RenCen again and Windsor-Detroit Tunnel traffic
The Historic Mariners' Church greets Tunnel Traffic coming into downtown Detroit, built in 1849, moved to this location in 1955.
Financial District, 150 Jefferson and One Woodward with the Joe Louis fist statue in the foreground
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
Spirit of Detroit and social religious gathering...
Looking up at Comerica Tower, built in 1991, second tallest building in Detroit
The Guardian Building, the crown jewel of downtown Detroit... built in 1929.
Inside the Guardian Building... one of the most beautifully historic building interiors you will EVER SEE!!!
Penobscot Building Annex, built in 1913
Buhl Building, built in 1925
First National Building and Vinton Building built in 1916.
Ford Building, built in 1909.
Base of the Penobscot Building...
Looking up @ the Penobscot Building, once the 8th tallest building in the world when constructed in 1928 and the tallest overall in the U.S. outside of Chicago and New York City.
Looking up @ the Penobscot
151 West Fort Street
211 West Fort Street, once home to the famed Detroit Bank and Trust, during the city's "richer" days.
Westin Book-Cadillac Hotel, built in 1924, restored in 2008...
Not quite sure what this building is...
Woodward Avenue, Merchant's Row
Woodward Avenue Detail, in the last almost 10 years, this part of downtown has been cleaned up very nicely... in many of these buildings, there is tremendous potential for residential lofts
Looking up at the Broderick Tower, built in 1928, has been rumoured to be remodeled into lofts, but no construction has started yet
Grand Circus Park, Detroit's famous beautiful urban park...
David Whitney Building, built in 1915
Fountain in Grand Circus Park
Broderick Tower and David Whitney from Grand Circus Park...
Comerica Park, btw, went to the Twins/Tigers game that night...
Brush Park, from Comerica Park
Best views of the skyline and ball park you will get from the upper deck!
Tigers coming out to the field...
After a disastrous 1st inning with Jeremy Bonderman giving up a run, then a grand slam, the Tigers clawing their way to the lead, 5-2 after 3.
First of three homeruns by the Tigers by Alex Avila, with a solo shot.
Then a three-run blast by Don Kelly...
The appreciative crowd of 34,129 went nuts after that, because it tied the game, 5-5! After being down 5-0!
Then Miguel Cabrera hit another two-run home run! Making it 7-5!
Cabrera touching home plate, being congratulated by Johnny Damon.
But then in the top of the fifth, the Tigers' lead was short lived as Bonderman's struggles continued... gave up two consecutive lead-off home runs to tie the game at 7, then Bonine gave up three more to make it 10-7.
But the Tigers clawed their way back, making it 10-9!
Then in the bottom of the sixth... another RBI making it 10-10!
The Tigers won the game in EXTRA INNINGS, 11-10, in the bottom of the 13th, had to listen to it on the radio as it was getting late.
Ernie Harwell statue, long-time announcer for the Tigers, God Bless you! R.I.P. Ernie!
Hope you all enjoyed my downtown Detroit phototour, I'll be back again very soon!