Downtown Detroit

A mix of history and architecture

Downtown Detroit

Detroit, Michigan 48202, United States

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These are some of the sights I highlight on a walking tour of downtown Detroit.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Mariners Church was built in 1849 to provide for the spiritual well-being of sailors on the Great Lakes. Sailors could not only worship there, but also eat, sleep and bathe there. Knowing that the church could not sustain itself on the tith... Read more
Hart Plaza is a primary gathering place for Detroiters, and frequently serves as a venue for summer festivals, concerts and events. The plaza is located appoximately at the site where Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac landed in 1701 and founde... Read more
Transcending, The Legacy of the Labor Movement. The San Antonio Peace Center did a great write-up of this artwork, so I just repeat it here: "The shining arch rising 63 feet above the ground the Labor Legacy Landmark, “Transcending,” i... Read more
Japanese architect Isamu Noguchi received a $2 million commission to design the most prominant feature of Hart Plaza -- the fountain. It is intended to honor the legacy of Horace E. Dodge, Sr. and his son for their contributions to Detroit... Read more
The Gateway to Freedom International Memorial to the Underground Railroad.  Edward Dwight sculpted this piece, which was dedicated in 2001 as part of Detroit centennial celebration.  Historians estimate that up to 45,000 slaves passed thr... Read more
Before you leave the Dodge Fountain take a moment to turn your back to the Detroit River and look across Jefferson Avenue at the skyscraper known as One Woodward Avenue. This mid-century modern building is the work of architect Minoru Yamaz... Read more
This 8,000 pound sculpture was a gift to the City of Detroit from Sports Illustrated magazine in 1986.  It commemorates a 1938 boxing match between Black Detroiter Joe Louis and White German boxer Max Schmeling. The match is considered o... Read more
Detroit-Wayne Joint Building Authority commissioned Marshall Fredericks in 1955 to create a sculpture for the city to represent hope, progress, and the “spirit of man.” The 26 foot bronze sculpture was completed in 1958 and covered with... Read more


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