Shorpy Saturday – East From Majestic: 1903

By Jeffrey Buck

As you can tell a lot of the buildings from this photo have either been modified or demolished. The Wayne County Building is the staple of the picture and stills holds down that piece of real estate to this day. The majority of buildings that run along either side of the boulevard are gone. The building at the end of the block does still in fact stand today and is home to the Greenwich Time Pub. Buildings you would see today in the background would include the Milliner Center and the Ren Cen. The left side is home to much larger buildings where the right side fell victim to parking lots.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “East From Majestic: 1903“:

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1903. “Wayne County Building, looking east from Majestic Building.” This view includes a couple of the city’s arc-lamp “moonlight towers.” 8×10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.


Below is a shot of the same block today from street level:


About Jeffrey S. Buck

I'm currently a Project Manager at Cypress Partners, LLC in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. I graduated from Wayne State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism. Looking to broaden my view of the world, I spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Salford, a Greater Manchester University in England. I enjoy doing an array of activities, including following Detroit sports teams, SCUBA diving, traveling, reading, playing tennis, hand-written letters and going to the movies. I am the co-founder of the Woodward Spine, a blog about Detroit and its surrounding communities. The Woodward Spine aims to inform its readers about relevant news and events through creative and informative posts in these core areas: news, opinion, entertainment, history, sports and development. The Woodward Spine serves the tri-county metro Detroit area, concentrating mainly on the communities that lie along the Woodward corridor.
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