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The 3-D Google aerial imagery of Downtown Detroit has been updated. Taken late last year – on a sunny day – the new images cover downtown and much of the east side with more vibrancy and a higher resolution than their predecessors.

For a virtual tour of the downtown area go to

But … if an up-close personal look of Greater Downtown Detroit is more to your liking, contact Show Me Detroit Tours. Our daily, chauffeured, deluxe-van tours provide a fun 2-hour introduction to Downtown Detroit’s highlights and attractions. Knowledgeable guides provide a local perspective and the perfect Detroit experience. For complete tour info visit

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52 Motor City Murals: A look at Detroit’s large-scale art

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Read the complete MLive article (with the gallery of photos).

Last week Detroit contemporary arts group Library Street Collective announced that Detroit’s First National Building will soon have the world’s tallest mural on its side.

New York-based artists How & Nosm, identical twin brothers, will paint the 26-story piece, which is commissioned by the skyscraper’s owner Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert.

The mural will be 354-feet tall, and 81-feet wide, according to Library Street Collective and pay tribute to a mural that formerly graced the building.

Click here to see just some of Detroit’s colorful large-scale murals from across the city. (Missing from this gallery are the many murals in the Grand River Creative Corridor!)

When you visit Greater Downtown Detroit with Show Me Detroit Tours, you’ll see many of the murals show here … and more! For complete info visit

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The Inn on Ferry Street

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Smith Carriage House Inn on Ferry Street

The Inn on Ferry Street posted this great photo of the Smith Carriage House by Stephanie Chapman.

The Inn is located at 84 East Ferry Street in Midtown Detroit, just one block north of the Detroit Institute of Arts. For info visit

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14 Historic Postcards of Detroit at Night

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Originally published by Curbed Detroit

These postcards depict nighttime in the bustling Detroit of yesteryear when streetcars, passenger ships, and the Guardian Building’s giant searchlight illuminated the city in ways we’re unlikely to ever see again.

  • Guardian Building
  • Michigan Central Station
  • Moonlight Band Concert on Belle Isle (1909)
  • Woodward Avenue
  • The Cascade at Night at Palmer Park (The printing also says it’s Belle Isle.)
  • Old City Hall (before the Dime Bank Building was erected behind it)
  • Cadillac Avenue (now called Cadillac Square)
  • The Scott Fountain at Belle Isle by Illumination
  • Harbor by Night
  • The Heart of Detroit at Night
  • Detroit at Night From the Ford Building (on Griswold)
  • Woodward Avenue (Can you figure out the location of this drawing?)
  • Bird’s Eye View of Gratiot Avenue & East Side (What was “P&B?)
  • Washington Boulevard (The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit is on the right.)

All of the postcards are from the Detroit Public Library‘s Burton Historical Collection.

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Looking for old photos of Detroit?

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City Hall Ford Building has assembled an impressive gallery “Looking back at a different Detroit.”

The photo above shows Griswold Street looking south toward Fort Street. The old City Hall is on the left. The Ford Building is on the west side of the street just south of Fort Street. The Penobscot Building will be added in 1905 next to the Ford Building. The Dime Bank Building (now Chrysler House) will be built across from city hall in 1912.

View all the albums in this great collection.

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Restored Wright-Kay Building Daylights Old Iron Columns

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Originally posted by Detroit Curbed

The Wright-Kay Building [home of Wright & Company] is back. Concealed by a plywood barricade during its months-long construction process, the restored ground floor has been revealed days before its debut as John Varvatos. The new look is a huge upgrade for the 124-year-old building. Installed decades ago, the previous granite facade hid the original cast iron frame like a bulky set of sweatpants. John Varvatos doesn’t open to the public ’til Friday, but let’s hope Bedrock Real Estate Services worked similar magic on the interior.

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28 photos from ‘Detroit’s Historic Places of Worship’

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Photo gallery originally published by Metro Times Detroit

In Detroit’s Historic Places of Worship, authors Marla O. Collum, Barbara E. Krueger, and Dorothy Kostuch profile 37 architecturally and historically significant houses of worship that represent 8 denominations and nearly 150 years of history. The authors focus on Detroit’s most prolific era of church building, the 1850s to the 1930s, in chapters that are arranged chronologically. Entries begin with each building’s founding congregation and trace developments and changes to the present day.

Full-color photos by Dirk Bakker bring the interiors and exteriors of these amazing buildings to life, as the authors provide thorough architectural descriptions, pointing out notable carvings, sculptures, stained glass, and other decorative and structural features.

For complete information on the book visit Wayne State University Press.

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