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YWCA: 1906

YWCA: 1906

Circa 1906. "Y.W.C.A. building, Detroit." Once again the interesting stuff is at the periphery -- note signage at right advertising Cracker Jack and the services of a "bell hanger." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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The YWCA building shown here stood at the southwest corner of Washington Blvd. and Clifford - the present day location of the Detroit City Apartments (formerly known as the Washington Square and Trolley Plaza Apartments). The view here shows the main entrance on Washington Blvd., and catches a 14th St. streetcar coming around the bend on Clifford. The building was brand new the time this picture was taken, having replaced the the previous building on that lot, Temple Beth El.

In 1928, just a little over 20 years later, the YWCA would move on to their new, much larger, Albert Kahn-designed building at Witherell and Montcalm - present site of the 3rd base line stands at Comerica Park.

Every building in this picture has been gone for at least 50 years.


While I can't place the instersection, I noted what appears to be the Detroit Public Lighting Commission "PLC" logo on the base of the lamp post.

What's amazing is that many of these "bishop hat" style lamp posts, originally holding cabron arc lamps are still standing, climbing posts intact, even though the PLC can't seem to keep them lit.

Indeed Indeed

I'm amazed at the boy being dragged by his bicycle. Or am I amazed at the bicycle dragging the boy?

I wonder

who got to water and tend the roof-top flower boxes? Maybe whoever lived in the roof-top cottage? Or was that the elevator access?

There goes the mortar!

The rather stately home next door to the Y is festooned with ivy, a practice as destructive structurally as it was then deemed to be aesthetically picturesque.

Periphery Indeed

Two things that caught my eye: the ivy covered building to the left of the YWCA with a heck of a lot of wires going to the roof [Actually to a telephone pole behind the house - Dave], and tucked away just behind the YWCA is a small plumbing business.

I'm always amazed by the things that are NOT the subject of the photo, but add so much additional detail and discussion.


Really Great snapshot from 1906, lots of good stuff going on, it is difficult to say what I like best.

This one would look cool colorized, I think that trolley car look would look amazing coming down that street with the rest of that signage colored in as a backdrop.

Cool image as it is right now though for sure.

Lion Coffee

There is a Lion Coffee advert there as well. The clip I found was from a newspaper from 1905. The paper was The Free Lance, from Fredericksburg, VA.

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