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Architecture & Landmarks

Detroit’s rich history is reflected in its buildings and landmarks. While some of the city’s historic buildings are preserved only in photos, memories or deteriorating limbo, others remain, illustrating the history and legacy of “The Motor City.” Come explore the buildings and landmarks that characterize Detroit and its suburbs.

Plans, Visions and Ideas to Improve Detroit and Michigan's Future
Detroit and Michigan's Future - Plans, Visions and Ideas to Improve Detroit and Michigan's Future, including Lou Glazer's plant to transition to a knowledge-based economy. MichiganFuture.org would increase the state's talent pool. Cityscape detroit would preserve historic buildings and insure sound urban-planning principles.

What is the History of Old Tiger Stadium?
Old Tiger Stadium - What is the History of Old Tiger Stadium? Including information about former ballparks on the spot, including Bennett Park, Niven Field and Briggs Stadium.

Photo Tour of Old Tiger Stadium in Detroit
Old Tiger Stadium - Photo Tour of Old Tiger Stadium in Detroit, including historic pictures of Bennett Stadium and games, as well as pictures of the abandoned stadium and its demolition.

Detroit Landmarks
A list of downtown Detroit's historic buildings and landmarks.

Profile of Michigan Central Depot
Now known as the abandoned train station, the Michigan Central Depot was once the gateway to Detroit.

Profile of the Spirit of Detroit Statue: The Jolly Green Giant
The Spirit of Detroit is a bronze statue of a man sculpted by Marshall Fredericks that literally sits at the base of Woodward Avenue. Also known as the "Jolly Green Giant" because of its rusted green color, the statue has a colorful history.

Profile of Comerica Park
Taking over from legendary Tiger Stadium, Comerica Park is the new home to Tigers baseball and part of the plan to revitalize the City of Detroit.

Cityscape Detroit
Cityscape Detroit is a non-profit organization that evolved out of a group of people who'd been working, unfortunately unsuccessfully, to save the historic J.L. Hudson Building in downtown Detroit. In addition to its preservation efforts, the organization weighs in on development projects and advocates responsible planning, arguing for pedestrian zones, variety and "greenways."

Ambassador Bridge
Detroit's link to Canada, the Ambassador Bridge is actually privately owned. The website gives a history of the bridge, overview of how its run and a fly-over view of the bridge.

Detroit-Windsor Tunnel
The world's first and only "vehicular international subaqueous border crossing." The tunnel is owned by the cities of Windsor and Detroit.

Buhl Building
The Buhl Building was built by the Buhl family, long-time Detroit residents. In fact, the two brothers who originally came to Detroit both served as mayor in the 1800s. The Buhl building was built by their grandchildren. It is 26 stories tall and was completed in 1925.

Preservation Wayne
A nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of Detroit's buildings, neighborhoods and culture. It also hosts architectural tours and What Makes a City? lectures.

Guardian Building
Commissioned by Frank Blair for the headquarters of Union Trust, the Guardian Building was meant to convey warmth -- hence the brick and terra cotta exterior. Some describe the 40-story building, completed in 1928, as tangerine. Whatever the hue, it is certainly colorful.

Fisher Building
Emporis.com provides a profile Albert Kahn's Fisher Building. The 1928 building was originally commissioned by the Fisher brothers to house the Fisher Company headquarters. It consists of a tower with two, 11-story wings and houses the Fisher Theater.

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