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Grand Circus Park: 1908

Grand Circus Park: 1908

Detroit circa 1908. "Corner of Grand Circus Park." If a circle can be said to have a corner. Maybe more like a pie slice. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Current view of Grand Circus Park

The Michigan Conservatory of Music which was located at Park and Washington Blvd was replaced by the Statler Hotel in 1914,itself subsequently demolished in 2014. The only remaining element in this photograph is the façade of the Fine Arts Building on Adams, preserved as a face for a future building. Like much of downtown Detroit, it is marred by the unsightly People Mover elevated rail which obstructs any remaining esthetic of architectural harmony that may remain.

Bagley House

That large Italian Villa on Washington Boulevard leading away from the circle is the Governor Bagley house, later the Michigan Conservatory of Music, previously featured on Shorpy.

The Felix Unger Experience

So clean and neat that it looks like a model train layout, not a real place at all.

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