Historic Detroit

Updates

$676K in work coming to MCS

Jun. 10, 2014

Multiple sources, including from within City Hall, have confirmed our initial report that the Moroun family has pulled permits for $676,000 in work at Michigan Central Station in #Detroit.

Permits include installation of a 9,000-pound capacity freight elevator inside the old smokestack mechanical shaft and safety improvements such as railings on interior staircases. JC Beal Construction Inc. reported general contractor. Quinn Evans Architects reported architectural firm.

The elevator is said to help speed up the installation of more windows on the building.

Stay tuned. Learn more about the train station here:

Another one bites the dust

May. 11, 2014

Detroit lost another of its historic landmarks May 10, with an arson claiming the 124-year-old First Unitarian Church on Woodward. We’ve added a page with some basic info and photos of the fire and resulting demolition.

Site updates

Mar. 11, 2014

We know what you’re thinking: Orson Welles’ performance in “Transformers: The Movie” WAS indeed underrated.

We also know that you’re thinking, “Where on Earth are the updates on HistoricDetroit.org?!”

Well, we’ve got news for you, buddy:

  • We’re working on adding an entire new section to the website dedicated to the city’s amazing homes. Ben Gravel is leading the charge on this Herculean effort.

  • We’ve added several buildings to the database, including the Ambassador Bridge, old Belle Isle Casino, Biddle House, Breitmeyer-Tobin Building, Brodhead Armory, CPA Building, Detroit Fire Department HQ, Milner Hotel, Wayne Hotel and nearly a dozen others.

  • We’ve added photos to various building pages, including demo photos of the Brewster-Douglass Projects and shots of the ceiling collapse at the Eastown.

Stay tuned for more. We’re still here and working - we’re just working behind the scenes.

Yes, we have Save the Big One T-shirts

Jan. 22, 2014

Keith Urban wore one of our Save the Big One T-shirts on “American Idol,” and we’ve had a lot of people asking how they can get one. All of our stock is currently at City Bird in Midtown Detroit, but we’ll be making more. If you want one and can’t get to City Bird, you can e-mail us at [email protected]