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Shorpy Saturday – Open Wide: 1908

By Jeffrey Buck

How many different dentists can you count?

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Open Wide: 1908“:

Open Wide - 1908

Detroit circa 1908. “Grand Circus building.” Named after the large, semicircular park nearby, and home to a curiously high concentration of dentists. 8×10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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Shorpy Saturday – Victorian Vines: 1910

By Jeffrey Buck

As the rain continues to pour, we look forward to sunny days by the water.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Victorian Vines: 1910“:

Victorian Vines - 1910

 

Detroit circa 1910. “Bagley Homestead — Michigan Conservatory of Music.” Former abode of Michigan Governor John Judson Bagley (1832-1881). 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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Here is a photo near the area where the photo was taken. The  Detroit Statler Hotel was constructed in 1914-15 and demolished in 2005. More recently it was a movie set for the new Transformers movie:

Detroit Statler Hotel

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Shorpy Saturday – Snow Globe: 1902

By Jeffrey Buck

The cold weather has arrived and Michigan will soon see its first substantial snow fall. As the temperature continues to drop in Detroit there is still plenty of hot new development going on downtown. Grand Circus Park, seen below in 1902, is witnessing a rebirth of its many surrounding buildings as work continues at the Whitney Building.  Once completed it will join the Madison Theatre and Broderick Tower, along with several other buildings, in the growing downtown area.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Snow Globe: 1902“:

Snow Globe - 1902

Detroit circa 1902. “Winter study, Grand Circus Park.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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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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Shorpy Saturday – Chop Suey Canyon: 1916

By Jeffrey Buck

I don’t have much to say this week. It was quite busy but I wanted to get a photo out because I know how much our readers enjoy them. I know I sure do love them! The only problem with these is that they make me want to go back in time. I’ve discovered over the last few years that I have a love for architecture, history and DETROIT. It’s sort of a deathly combo because of how much history and architecture Detroit has lost. In finding photos like this it just makes it more apparent that we must preserve what we still have.

The Tuller and Statler Hotels are now gone. They can be found in the middle of the frame in the background. Quiet possibly two of the most significant anchors of Grand Circus Park. It’s a shame.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Chop Suey Canyon: 1916“:

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Rumors swirl as developers eye Detroit

By Mike Fossano

Back in January, we noted that new blood was being pumped through downtown Detroit. Over six months later, and a tangible change is beginning to take place throughout the city and real estate developers are pining to a chance to leave their mark on an area that is ripe with iconic buildings at relatively cheap prices. Both Midtown and downtown residential properties are enjoying a jolt of fresh demand, more companies are opting to relocate to the city center, and for the first time in many years investors are doubling-down on the city’s progress.

WDIV recently reported that the glitzy W Hotel is eying the David Whitney Building in Grand Circus Park as its’ potential gateway into the Detroit market. An official from The Roxbury Group confirmed to the Woodward Spine that there has been interest from several parties, but declined to give names at this time. This, along with the ongoing renovations within the neighboring Broderick Tower offers a potentially bright future for an area that already counts Comerica Park, Ford Field, the Fox Theatre and Music Hall among nearby landmarks.

The lobby of the David Whitney Building

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Back under the big top

By Mike Fossano

At long last, it appears as though new life might be pumped into two of the most well-known derelict parcels in Grand Circus Park.

First, after being stuck in financial purgatory for nearly a decade, JC Beal Construction recently announced that a project to renovate the Broderick Tower is officially a go. The 34-story building will house a restaurant/bar and business incubator on the ground floor, as well as 127 residential suites ranging in size from 422 to 2,220 square feet. It’s not known yet if we will see a resurrection of Otto’s Crispy Corn, but construction is expected to wrap up on September 1, 2012.

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