Shorpy Saturday – Advanced Vaudeville: 1912

By Jeffrey Buck

Capital Park just went through a major overhaul. The park got a much needed renovation which added new green space and sidewalks. Once a mjor transportation hub, the park is much more calm after the opening of the new state-of-the-art Rosa Parks’ Terminal. Several building are part of a RFP package being shopped now towards future developers. Let’s hope this great area gets a grand rebirth, it’s one of my favorite places in the city.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Advanced Vaudeville: 1912“:

Detroit circa 1912. “Griswold Street from Capitol Park.” Home of the Miles Theater and “Advanced Vaudeville” — you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll need a slide rule and a thesaurus. 8×10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing.


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

And also a bird’s eye shot:


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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