This profile of Motown was published today (April 22) on Virgin Atlantic‘s blog and summarizes many of the attractions of “The D”.
On June 1 Virgin Atlantic will launch direct flights to Detroit, the birthplace of Motown, Madonna and the motor car.
Although most commonly associated with Henry Ford and the motor car and Berry Gordy and his Motown record label, Detroit has probably become better known recently for its financial troubles. However, the city has been enjoying a recent resurgence and is once again a hot bed of energy with a burgeoning art scene and new bars and restaurants popping up daily. Read on for a few things you might not know.
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!)
Milwaukee Junction, once one of the world’s most productive industrial zones, the place where Henry Ford began experimenting with the Model T and the assembly line [The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant]. It’s a sprawling area around the I-75/I-94 interchange that is old and beat up and exists mostly off the radar of local media and metro area residents.
While its dynamic past is gradually forgotten, Milwaukee Junction’s immediate future seems increasingly clear: It appears to be Detroit’s next hot neighborhood.
FYI … The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is located in Midtown Detroit at 461 Piquette Street, south of Grand Boulevard and just east of Woodward Ave. For info visit www.fordpiquetteavenueplant.org
If you’re interested in seeing more of this area on a visit with Show Me Detroit Tours, let us know in advance. For complete tour info visit www.showmedetroittours.com/reservations.html.
Detroit, USA: Everyone loves a good comeback, and Detroit is currently in the middle of one. Successful techno club manager Dimitri Hegemann sees potential in the city’s run down post-industrial neighbourhoods that remind him of Berlin in the 1990s. Downtown heritage architecture, like the David Whitney and Wright Kay Buildings, have already been restored to their former glory – soon hip clubs in derelict factories will follow. Fiona Brutscher
Detroit has so many examples of amazing architecture that stand tall and grand. Some are even designated National Historic Landmarks. Look up, look around, even look down and be wowed.
ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECES INCLUDE:
The Penobscot Building
Named in honor of the Penobscot, a Native American tribe from Maine, this art deco masterpiece was built in 1928 in the heart of the Financial District and features Native American motifs. Don’t miss its four-story arched entrance on Griswold Street.
Art deco architecture at its finest, the Guardian Building was once promoted as “the Cathedral of Finance.” Blending Native American, Aztec and Arts and Crafts styles, 40 artisans created the building’s many painted murals and ceilings, mosaics, marble fixtures, tiles and other artistic details.
This landmark skyscraper in the New Center area is constructed of limestone, granite and marble and was designed by Albert Kahn Associates. Finished in 1928, it’s considered Detroit’s largest art object and is home to the iconic Fisher Theatre.
OTHER ARCHITECTURAL NOTABLES:
Classic and lavish, one of the last surviving movie palaces of the 1920s.
The GM Renaissance Center
This impressive grouping of seven interconnected tall towers is a centerpiece of the Detroit riverfront. Designed by architect John Portman, who also imagined the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, the “Ren Cen” is featured in dozens of movies — This is Spinal Tap, Breathless, Hancock — and TV series.
The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel
An underwater-constructed wonder that’s also an international roadway connecting the U.S. and Canada. The equally impressive Ambassador Bridge (ambassadorbridge.com) is the world’s largest international suspension bridge and connects the two countries by skyway.
Meadow Brook Hall
This former auto baron’s home was recently designated a National Historic Landmark.
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
Wander 87 acres of sumptuous gardens or tour the inner workings of this 60-room Cotswald mansion.
The Henry Ford
See early homesteads, cottages, farms and shops in Greenfield Village and/or experience the utter architectural awe of a manufacturing plant at its productive best during the Ford Rouge Factory Tour.
With 26 buildings, this community is the largest collection of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s work.
Westin Book Cadillac
Recently returned to its former glory and now a hotel, look up at copper-covered roof elements and the sculptures of notable figures from Detroit’s history — General Anthony Wayne, Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, Chief Pontiac and Robert Navarre along the ornate Michigan Avenue façade. By Louis Kemper in the Neo-Renaissance style.
One Detroit Center
Admire the spires of this post-modern Neo-Gothic style, which has the distinction of being the tallest office building in the state.
THEY MAY BE VACANT, BUT THEY ARE STILL AMAZING:
Book Tower and adjacent Book Building
Italian Renaissance style built in 1917. A copper roof and outside fire escape make this towering ruin distinctive.
Michigan Central Station
Built in 1913 by Warren and Wetmore and Reed and Stem in the Beaux-Arts style. Popular location for Michigan’s film industry.
Wayne County Building
A beautifully ornate example of Beaux-Arts architecture, 1897-1902.
ARCHITECTURALLY STUNNING HOUSES OF WORSHIP INCLUDE:
First Congregational Church of Detroit
A powerful combination of Romanesque and Byzantine architecture.
This Gothic-inspired church was founded in 1842. Singer Gordon Lightfoot mentions this place of worship in his tribute song to the sunken Edmund Fitzgerald and once played the famous tune for parishioners during a memorial honoring the sailors lost in the Great Lakes tragedy.
Saint Florian Roman Catholic Church
Designed by Ralph Adams Cram to serve the area’s Polish community.
The BELT is an art-filled alley between the two wings of The Z parking deck, located at 1234 Library Street in downtown Detroit. The alley is a joint project of Bedrock Real Estate Services and The Library Street Collective. Show Me Detroit Tours will keep you posted about the next Public Matter exhibition opening on May 22nd.
Under The Radar Michigan, the popular PBS television program, recently visited Detroit …
The Motor City is revamping, refueling and reenergizing itself with tons of urbanites who want to invest in a better future for themselves, and this great city. You don’t have to look hard to find hard evidence of this great renaissance. And the harder you look … the harder it is to leave once you get here.
In this episode (http://utrmichigan.com/episodes/episode-501/) you’ll experience the show’s unique, humorous profiles of:
- Detroit City FC, the minor league soccer team that plays at the City’s Cass Technical High School and Northern Guard Supporters, thee team’s (very) passionate, creative, and colorful support group
- Detroit Bike City‘s Slow Roll, the group bicycle ride that takes a unique route through the city each week
- Mudgie’s, the artisan deli in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood
- Signal-Return, the letterpress studio operating in Eastern Market, and
- Supino Pizzeria, serving up Sicilian-style pizzas in Eastern Market.
View the episode at http://utrmichigan.com/episodes/episode-501/