Shorpy Saturday – The Shape of Things to Come: 1912

By Jeffrey Buck

I really love this photo. It would have been incredible to watch some of the buildings in Downtown Detroit being built during this decade. What is really unfortunate is that City Hall would later be torn down in 1961. Such a beautiful building to be ultimately replaced with what we have there today, One Kennedy Square. Statues featured at Detroit City Hall were saved and are on display near Manoogian Hall on Wayne State’s campus.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “The Shape of Things to Come: 1912“:

August 31, 1912. “Dime Savings Bank and Detroit City Hall.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.


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



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