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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Ford Building: 1910

Ford Building: 1910

Circa 1910, another Detroit landmark. "Ford Sales Office, Griswold Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Improving Greatness

The building glimpsed at the far right was the Donaldson & Meier designed Union Trust Building. It, like almost all of the buildings in this picture other than the Ford Building, is long gone. But in the case of the Union Trust they moved in 1929 from this building to a new Wirt Rowland designed tower across the street that is today known as the Guardian Building, which is one of the most beautiful skyscrapers ever built in the U.S.

Lots to Enjoy

Is that aBaker Electric auto parked along the left curb? And note the detailing of the building at the extreme right side of the photo; wonder if it's still there.

Perspective

I love the way the photographer took the picture to look like it was a isometric drawing. Used to do tons of those in Drafting class.

Bleeding all over

I think I cut myself just by looking at this photo.

What are they doing?

Does anyone see the man kneeling on the sidewalk with several people looking on, in the bottom right-hand corner of the photo? What are they doing?

[Working. - Dave]

Detroit's tallest in 1910

Still a beautiful building and now ranked #38 in height in the city.

That other Ford

 
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