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American Acropolis: 1918

American Acropolis: 1918

Circa 1918. "The heart of Detroit." An aerial view of the Campus Martius from the Dime Bank, taking in landmarks including Detroit City Hall in the foreground, the Real Estate Exchange, Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Hotel Pontchartrain, Wayne County Building, Cadillac Square and the Cadillac Chair. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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National Theatre

Barely visible on the middle left edge is the National Theater, the only building from this picture still standing on Monroe Street. The National is the oldest theater in Detroit, and the only theater designed by Albert Kahn that is still standing. Now empty for many years, rumors about its redevelopment crop up every few months.

The only constant is...

Practically all of the buildings in this picture are gone, and most have been replaced. Of the buildings I can discern in this picture, I believe only the old Wayne County Building, the National Theater (building on left with 2 white towers and a clown sign on top), the little hotel building to the right of the Pontchartrain (230 Woodward), the Soldiers and Sailors Monument (which was moved about 125 feet south in 2003), and old St. Mary's church in the deep background are still standing today.


I think, there are not so much pictures of an US-trolley with a trailer. Its an amazing picture of a really big trailer behind this 4-axle streetcar in the foreground.

The Calllac Chair???

Curiosity made me search:

Cogent quote:

"“This chair, erected July 24, 1901, is located on the site of the City Hall built in 1835 and occupied until 1871 as the seat of Civic Authority."

Doubt the pun is even self-aware... or intentional.


I'm feeling woozy just thinking of walking around on that upper walkway.

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