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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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Shorpy Saturday – Advanced Vaudeville: 1912

By Jeffrey Buck

Capital Park just went through a major overhaul. The park got a much needed renovation which added new green space and sidewalks. Once a mjor transportation hub, the park is much more calm after the opening of the new state-of-the-art Rosa Parks’ Terminal. Several building are part of a RFP package being shopped now towards future developers. Let’s hope this great area gets a grand rebirth, it’s one of my favorite places in the city.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Advanced Vaudeville: 1912“:

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Shorpy Saturday – The Casino at Belle Isle: 1907

By Jeffrey Buck

One of our treasures that is available for weddings and other special events on Belle Isle is the Casino. The website Detroit1701.org does an excellent job of describing its history:

“This is not one of Detroit’s gambling casinos. When Belle Isle was developed into one of the nation’s most attractive urban parks, a Queen Anne-style casino building was erected in 1887. This appealing, gabled wood structure was designed by John Donaldson and Henry Meier. Similar to quite a few of the city’s nineteenth century buildings, it was razed by fire.

“Albert Kahn designed the Casino that replaced the previous one. He designed it to provide views of the Detroit River and Canada, and to be an eating-place where patrons would be cooled by breezes in the era long before air conditioning. The style likely reflects architectural ideas flowing from Kahn’s trip to Italy since it is a Renaissance Revival Building constructed from brick with a terra cotta roof. Note the two-story arcaded veranda with its graceful and soothing arches. And then there are the two impressive and high decorated square towers that Kahn designed for the Detroit side of this Casino.”

Architects: Van Leyen & Schilling

Date of Completion: 1908

Style: Renaissance Revival

Take a look at the photograph entitled “The Casino at Belle Isle: 1907“:

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Shorpy Saturday – Detroit Publishing: 1910

By Jeffrey Buck

This is who we can thank for the majority of these great photographs. Below is a little more information on them via Yale:

“The Detroit Photographic Company began as a photographic publishing firm in the late 1890s. The founders, Detroit businessman and publisher William A. Livingston, Jr., and photographer and photopublisher Edwin H. Husher, obtained the exclusive rights to use the Swiss color photolithography “Photochrom” process. This process permitted the mass production of color postcards, prints, and albums for sale to the American market. In 1897 William Henry Jackson became a partner in the firm, adding thousands of negatives to the inventory, some taken as early as the 1870s. In 1905 the company changed its name to the Detroit Publishing Company. It went into receivership in 1924, and liquidated its assets in 1932.”

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Detroit Publishing: 1910“:

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Shorpy Saturday – The Busy Corner: 1906

By Jeffrey Buck

Enjoy your holiday weekend and as always enjoy your Saturday Shorpy Photo…

Take a look at the photograph entitled “The Busy Corner: 1906“:

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Shorpy Saturday – Going Up: 1911

By Jeffrey Buck

The Dime Building is a jewel of the city skyscrapers that still stands today. Constructed between 1910 and 1912 the class-A office building stand 23 stories tall in the heart of Detroit’s Financial District. Unfortunately  the building experienced some updating which included adding decorative grey granite to the facade of the first two floors. The building is looking at its 100th birthday since opening which all in all is a feat in itself.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Going Up: 1911“:

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Shorpy Saturday – East From Majestic: 1903

By Jeffrey Buck

As you can tell a lot of the buildings from this photo have either been modified or demolished. The Wayne County Building is the staple of the picture and stills holds down that piece of real estate to this day. The majority of buildings that run along either side of the boulevard are gone. The building at the end of the block does still in fact stand today and is home to the Greenwich Time Pub. Buildings you would see today in the background would include the Milliner Center and the Ren Cen. The left side is home to much larger buildings where the right side fell victim to parking lots.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “East From Majestic: 1903“:

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