Shorpy Saturday – Vaudeville Extravaganza: 1905

By Jeffrey Buck

The Woodward corridor downtown has made many many changes over the years. This particular photo takes you to the beginning when most of the buildings were a more modest size. The majestic Building was the second tallest building in the city. Woodward is wider now, this lower part is now home to a park and the Compuware headquarters. No more streetcars either, which is truly a shame.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Vaudeville Extravaganza: 1905“:

Detroit circa 1905. “Woodward Avenue looking north.” The soap-and-theater district. 8×10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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Below is a photo of the Majestic Building which can be seen above on the west side of Woodward at Michigan. The history of the building can be found here. It was torn down in 1962 to make way for the First Federal Building:

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Here is a photo near the area where the photo was taken. A lot has changed on Woodward since then:

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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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