Shorpy Saturday – Central Savings: 1905

By Jeffrey Buck

If you have ever taken a drive down some of the busiest streets in the “D” then you must have noticed by now that the buildings that once housed banks have taken on a new life.  I’ve seen things from pawn shops to Chinese take-outs to night clubs. The Central Savings Bank is somewhere along Grand River, it may have been demolished or it may still be standing. What’s you favorite re-purpose of an old bank?

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Central Savings: 1905“:

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Detroit circa 1905. “Central Savings Bank, Grand River Avenue branch.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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Smithsonian Mobile Exhibit Explores the Human–Animal Bond

Animal Connections | 2014

Animal Connections | 2014

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – “Animal Connections: Our Journey Together” is a traveling exhibit that introduces visitors of all ages to the complex bond between humans and animals. Presented by the Smithsonian Institution to mark the 150th anniversary of the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2013, the project is made possible through support from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation and the generous support of founding sponsor, Zoetis, Inc., a company that discovers, develops and manufactures veterinary vaccines and medicines.

Created to inspire the next generation of veterinarians, the exhibit uses a dynamic combination of interactive learning stations, films and touch screen videos, and three-dimensional settings to explore topics about animals in the home, on the farm, in the wild, at the zoo and in the veterinary clinic. It also highlights the varied roles veterinarians play in the health of animals.

“Animal Connections: Our Journey Together,” a custom-built exhibition housed on an 18-wheel truck that expands into 1,000 square feet of space, will be at the Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI, Wednesday, June 25, to Friday, June 27. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free exhibit will be staged in front of the main gate and is open to the public.

Visitors to “Animal Connections” can continue the learning experience online at animalconnections.com. The site includes resources on animal care and careers in veterinary medicine.

Highlights:

  • 1,000 square feet of interior space with interactive displays, video screens, games, and hands-on and minds-on activities.
  • Five main sections: The Home, The Farm, The Zoo, The Wild and The Veterinary Clinic.
  • Featuring a behind-the-scenes look at animal care and research at the National Zoo.

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World Cup viewing party downtown

By Jeffrey Buck

Watch USA take on Germany tomorrow in Cadillac Square starting at noon. It is open to everyone and the weather looks amazing. #IBeleiveThatWeWillWin

For more information check out @BlocalDetroit.

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Shorpy Saturday – Victorian Vines: 1910

By Jeffrey Buck

As the rain continues to pour, we look forward to sunny days by the water.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Victorian Vines: 1910“:

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Detroit circa 1910. “Bagley Homestead — Michigan Conservatory of Music.” Former abode of Michigan Governor John Judson Bagley (1832-1881). 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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Here is a photo near the area where the photo was taken. The  Detroit Statler Hotel was constructed in 1914-15 and demolished in 2005. More recently it was a movie set for the new Transformers movie:

Detroit Statler Hotel

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Live music tonight at PJ’s Lager House

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By Jeffrey Buck

Tonight’s lineup at PJ’s Lager House takes the stage at 9 PM and cover is $12.

LAMPS

“The Lamps are not an easy band. Their first release is a full-length so you get no “Hi ya, how ya doin’,” before the big blast. The songs twist at a lazy pace, not some immediate La-De-Da pop immediacy. The vocals are harsh and take a couple listens to “get” and a few more to enjoy. They occupy this netherworld which could be called “garage art” if the term wasn’t so lame. They are a bit too “arty” or “smart” for the garage punk purists and too “garage” for the ex-white belted, art punk crowd.” — Terminal Boredom

TIMMY’S ORGANISM

The debut solo on Sacred Bones Records, Timmy’s Organism is Timmy Vulgar’s organism of sound. Vulgar is of course the Human Eye front-man, erstwhile Clone Defect, and most recently a 2010 Kresge Artist Fellow which he was awarded for a “creative vision and commitment to excellence within a wide range of artistic disciplines.” Exploring a wide spectrum of the tree of rock n’ roll, heavy nuclear guitar rock, quick punk space glam, drunken late night white-man blues, instrumental joys of sadness, and don’t forget a little comedy rock. The lyrics are interesting and colorful, painting a picture, or a silent film in the listeners cerebellum. What is a gorilla symbolically? A peaceful creature living in a thick green jungle. He is king in his layer. Roaring like an angry guitar pounding on his chest like a primal drum. Chewing vegetation and leading his furry family to freedom! This is the Rise of the Green Gorilla!

SMELLY TONGUES

Smelly Tongues featuring members of: Red Aunts, The Piranhas, White Savage, SYZ, Static Static, Druid Perfume, Intelligence, The Baptist Church, et al.

DIRTY DREAMS

That garage-y 60′s pop-tinged rock goodness.

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New Penguin Conservation Center Video

By Jeffrey Buck

If you read yesterday’s article about the groundbreaking of the Detroit Zoo‘s new Polk Family Penguin Conservation Center you will enjoy this animated video of the stunning new structure.

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Detroit Zoo “Breaks the Ice” on Polk Penguin Conservati​on Center

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DZS Executive Director and CEO Ron Kagan and Vice Chairman Stephen Polk “break the ice.”

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) board members, donors, staff and guests gathered at the Detroit Zoo yesterday evening to ceremoniously “break the ice” on the Polk Penguin Conservation Center (PPCC). The groundbreaking event marks the beginning of an 18-month development period for the largest project the Zoo has ever undertaken.

DZS Executive Director and CEO Ron Kagan and Vice Chairman Stephen Polk – whose family donated the $10 million lead gift for the project – swung ice axes at a wall of ice, which shattered on impact to reveal an ice-carved rendering of the PPCC.

“We are thrilled to be moving forward with our plans for this amazing place for people and penguins that will be centered on conservation. It will be an extraordinary and unique experience for our guests,” said Kagan.

Inspired by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s legendary Antarctic expeditions and epic crossings of the Drake Passage, the facility’s dramatic exterior design suggests a tabular iceberg with a crevasse and waterfall. The interior experience will feature effects such as arctic blasts, iceberg “calving”, waves and snow – evoking the harsh and visceral ice world of Antarctica. The entry plaza will include a water feature that will be a splash area in the summer and a skating rink in winter.

Kagan, Polk and other DZS leaders visited Antarctica to gain firsthand knowledge of and immersion in the Antarctic environment in order to bring the authentic polar experience from concept to reality. In addition, world-renowned polar ecologist and penguin expert Dr. Bill Fraser – who gave a talk on penguins and the impact of climate change at the Detroit Zoo’s Ford Education Center following the ceremony – served as a design consultant on the project.

One of the most dramatic features of the $29.5-million, 33,000-square-foot facility will be a penguin “deep dive” with views above and below water as the birds dive and soar through a chilled 326,000-gallon, 25-foot-deep aquatic area. That feature, deeper and larger than the aquatic area at the Zoo’s Arctic Ring of Life, will allow visitors to observe penguins as they deep-water dive – something that is almost impossible to see, even in the wild.

The PPCC will be home to about 80 penguins of four species: rockhopper, macaroni and king – which currently reside in the Detroit Zoo’s original Penguinarium – as well as gentoo, a species which will be new to the Zoo. The habitat will ensure an optimal environment for the penguins’ welfare and encourage wild behavior, from diving and porpoising to nesting and rearing young.

The DZS also unveiled an official penguin mascot that joins Junior Z and the Zooper Heroes, costumed characters that greet visitors at Detroit Zoo events. The penguin joins two Junior Z zookeeper mascots and the cape-wearing polar bear and giraffe Zooper Heroes.

The PPCC was designed by Jones & Jones – architects of Disney’s Animal Kingdom as well as the Detroit Zoo’s Arctic Ring of Life and National Amphibian Conservation Center – and by Albert Kahn Associates, architects of the Zoo’s Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex. DeMaria/Wharton-Smith has been named general contractor on the project. The facility will be built on a 2-acre site just inside the Zoo’s entrance and is slated to open in late 2015.

More than 100 design, engineering and construction jobs will be created and sustained for the development period of the PPCC. With an associated annual increase of about 250,000 visitors, it is estimated that the Detroit Zoo’s revenue will increase by at least $2 million annually. The new attraction is expected to have a regional economic impact of as much as $10 million dollars per year, adding to the current $100-million economic impact the Zoo already has on the region.

In addition to the $10-million grant from the Polk Family Fund – the largest gift in the history of the DZS – the William Davidson Foundation Fund has committed $3 million toward the development of the PPCC. Twelve gifts of $100,000 or more have set the pace for contributions from individuals and corporate and family foundations. The DZS Board has committed $8.5 million, bringing funds secured for the landmark project to $25.2 million and leaving $4.3 million yet to be raised.

For more information or to make a philanthropic investment in the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, click here.

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