Today is 313 Day–the perfect day to celebrate all that's great about the Motor City. And what better way to celebrate Detroit than to discuss one of its greatest assets–its historic architecture.
While Detroit was experiencing the growth of the auto industry, incredible Art Deco buildings rose throughout the city in the 1920s. The two most notable examples are the Fisher Building in New Center and the Guardian Building downtown. We also have the David Stott Building, the Penobscot Building, and the Dime Building (now Chrysler House) that went up along Griswold Street around the same time.
So today we're asking you, Which historic Detroit building is your favorite, and why?
Maybe you prefer the Daniel Burnham-designed David Whitney Building, which went through an award-winning restoration a decade ago. Or the Book Tower, long covered in soot, which will reopen later this year as a hotel and residence. Or maybe it's the Metropolitan Building, which we could have lost like so many others, but has reopened after a meticulous restoration.
And later this year, the eyes of the world will be on Corktown, as Michigan Central reopens to the public.
Let's not forget the impressive apartment buildings across the neighborhoods of Detroit, like the many Art Deco and Art Nouveau buildings of Palmer Park. Or the many midcentury designs of Minoru Yamasaki around Wayne State and the region.
Yes, we lost too many buildings over the years due to demo and neglect. Is there one in particular that still stings? Or is there one that could still be restored and brought back?
Let us know your favorite in the comments.