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.
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.
Originally published by BeLocalDetroit.com
The First National Building on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit is one of the city’s historic gems. Designed by renowned architect Albert Kahn in the neoclassical architectural style, the 25-story limestone office tower dates back to 1922. The building occupies an entire city block along Cadillac Square overlooking Campus Martius Park in Detroit’s Central Business District. Bedrock Real Estate Services acquired the property in August 2011 and has renovated it and dozens of other buildings in dramatic fashion.