Shorpy Saturday – The Motor City: 1917

By Jeffrey Buck

An impressive shot of the Woodward Corridor looking south toward the Detroit River. Notice Hudson’s and Campus Martius Park. It must have been an exciting time for Detroit. I would have loved to watch Detroit make it’s transformation to one of the greatest cities in the following decades.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “The Motor City: 1917“:

Circa 1917. “Detroit looking southeast along Woodward Avenue from the Whitney Building.” Shorpy landmarks here include the Wayne County Building, Hotel Pontchartrain, Ford Building, Dime Bank and Detroit Post Office.


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

Below is a bird’s eye view of the area today:



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