Detroit Architecture

Welcome to the El Moore

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Thanks to Midtown Detroit, Inc. for this update.

El Moore, located in Midtown Detroit on West Alexandrine between Second and Third, is a residential building currently undergoing innovative, sustainable renovations. Units in the building will begin coming online in the near future.

The El Moore welcomes both long-term residents and guests to explore the intersection of nature, community, and the city together.

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12 of the tallest buildings in Michigan are in Detroit

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Tallest Buildings

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Michigan is home to some pretty cool and pretty tall buildings. 12 of the 15 are located in the city of Detroit …

#1 – Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
#2 – One Detroit Center
#3 – Penobscot Building
#4 – The GM Ren Cen Towers
#5 – Guardian Building
#6 – Book Tower
#7 – 150 W. Jefferson
#8 – Fisher Building
#9 – Cadillac Tower
#10 – David Scott Building
#11 – One Woodward
#15 – Patrick V. McNamara Federal Building

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11 Great Photos of the Fisher Building – ‘Detroit’s Largest Art Object’

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The Motor City Muckraker‘s Muckraker’s Steve Neavling took these photos of the Fisher Building, an Art Deco skyscraper that will be auctioned off this June.

The Albert Kahn-designed masterpiece is covered in marble, brass and bronze and features hand-painted, barrel-vaulted ceilings, a theater and a golden crown.

Show Me Detroit Tours swings past this landmark during its twice daily 2-hour visits to Detroit’s landmarks and attractions. For complete tour info visit

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Capitol Park in 1949  The Farwell Building today.

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“Detroit’s Capitol Park neighborhood is one of the oldest in the city, but has not fared well over the years. Made up of high-rise office and retail outlets arranged around a park in the center, many of the buildings today are vacant, awaiting redevelopment. One of these buildings is the eight-story Farwell Building, a long-vacant property with tremendous potential.”

With the renewed interest in and redevelopment of Capitol Park, hopefully brighter days await this historic structure.

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One Campus Martius Waterfall

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The One Campus Martius building houses what is said to be the world’s largest indoor waterfall, and what a huge plus that it’s also so radiant. From the natural light which travels through the brightly colored glass in the waterfall to the serene sounds on the water itself, it’s hard not to be in awe of such a fascinating space.

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McGregor Center named historic landmark

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The McGregor Memorial Conference Center, a Modernist masterpiece located at Detroit’s Wayne State University, was among five sites added to the nation’s list of historic landmarks today by the National Park Service.
Designed by renowned Japanese-American Minoru Yamasaki, who also designed the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the two-story steel-frame and concrete folded slab McGregor Memorial Conference Center was built in an evolving International style, which eventually gave Yamasaki an worldwide reputation.”

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Detroit Athletic Club reaches 100, marks it with sculptures

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The Detroit Athletic Club will celebrate its centennial on April 24 with a new sculpture park.

The Albert Kahn-designed club is also completing rooftop renovations to create a restaurant, lounge and meeting rooms, which are expected to open in July.

The $2.3 million sculpture project, which will be placed on the island bisecting Madison Avenue in front of the club, represents the club’s original mission of supporting amateur athletics.

Nine-foot statues of a second baseman throwing a runner out at first, two runners and a football running back donning the number 20 were commissioned by the club’s foundation and sculpted by A. Thomas Schomberg. His most famous work is the Rocky statue in Philadelphia.

A fourth sculpture — a female swimmer — will be installed in the circular drive entryway of the club. The DAC trained female Olympic hopefuls decades ago.

This is just one of the historic structures included in a Show Me Detroit Tours 2-hour tour of Greater Downtown Detroit. Complete tour info is at

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