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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