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:


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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