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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Castle of Culture: 1899

Castle of Culture: 1899

Wayne County, Michigan, circa 1899. "Detroit Museum of Art." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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And now you know

Baby Got Back

Additions were tacked on in 1894 and again in 1905.

You can see one addition on the left side of the above photo. The lighter colored stone reveals the effects of both age and air pollution.

More Backstory

More backstory here.

First art exhibit

My great-grandfather, Rob Wagner, a portrait artist, and his friend and fellow Detroit painter, John Donovan, who painted marine landscapes, held their first exhibit of their work at the Detroit Museum of Art in November 1904. They had just returned from Paris a few months earlier after studying art at the Académie Delécluse for nearly two years.

Beautiful Building

Although made in the architectural style called "Richardsonian Romanesque", in fact James Balfour of Hamilton, Ontario was selected as the architect.

704 E Jefferson Ave

Razed for the Hastings Expressway, February 1957.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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