Shorpy Saturday – When Hustle Met Bustle: 1919

By Jeffrey Buck

Grand Circus Park continues to make its comeback with several new additions over the years including restaurants, shops and office space. As the Broderick Tower nears completion (the tower is not seen yet in this photo) and gets ready to welcome its new residents we turn our focus to one of the final looming towers on the Park (The United  Artists Theatre is waiting its rebirth patiently). The David Whitney Building, slated for redevelopment into a mix use building consisting of a boutique hotel, apartments and retail, was a much more dignified building back in Detroit in the 1920s. A renovation stripped its exterior of many of its most visually pleasing elements (although I suppose that can be debated) and left to look very simple. The new owners of the building have vowed in a recent article to transform the gem back to its former glory as they light up Woodward with another project bringing more people downtown.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “When Hustle Met Bustle: 1919.”

Detroit circa 1919. “View of Woodward Avenue and Washington Boulevard; Whitney Building and Grand Circus Park.” Also one of the “Winged Victory” statues seen earlier here. 8×10 inch glass negative. 

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For your viewing pleasure see below what the building looks like today:

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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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