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Detroit Grand Circus Park, approx 1920

Detroit Grand Circus Park, approx 1920

Due to my Grandfather's work with Pierce Arrow, I took a stab at guessing the location. Using Google maps and some online history of the Statler Hotel I was able to match the image to Detroit's Grand Circus Park. The next guess is the date. Possibly about 1915-20. View full size.

The Statler

The photo dates to about 1922-23. The Hotel Statler (left) was completed in 1923. There was another building finished about the same time that should be just to the left of the tall, gabled one at right. But since it's not shown yet (it's not quite the size of the "big three" in this view, but bigger than what's on its property), I'm thinking the pic had to be from 1922 before the Statler actually opened or the other structure got well underway.

 
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