Shorpy Saturday – Chop Suey Canyon: 1916

By Jeffrey Buck

I don’t have much to say this week. It was quite busy but I wanted to get a photo out because I know how much our readers enjoy them. I know I sure do love them! The only problem with these is that they make me want to go back in time. I’ve discovered over the last few years that I have a love for architecture, history and DETROIT. It’s sort of a deathly combo because of how much history and architecture Detroit has lost. In finding photos like this it just makes it more apparent that we must preserve what we still have.

The Tuller and Statler Hotels are now gone. They can be found in the middle of the frame in the background. Quiet possibly two of the most significant anchors of Grand Circus Park. It’s a shame.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Chop Suey Canyon: 1916“:

Detroit, 1916. “Park Boulevard canyon.” A tip of the Shorpy hat (Department of Belated Publicity) to Dr. Bertha J. Gaylord, chiropractor. 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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