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:


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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