Historic Detroit


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]

HistoricDetroit.org Shop closed till Jan. 23

Jan. 19, 2014

You can still place orders in our online store, but they will not be shipped until Jan. 23. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Books for the holidays - and help save a landmark

Dec. 11, 2013

Through the end of the year, HistoricDetroit.org will donate 50% of all profits from sales in our online store to the effort to save the steeple of historic St. Josaphat in Detroit. The steeple was heavily damaged in a windstorm recently, and the congregation can’t afford to repair it without your help. Not only will you help this Detroit icon, but you can scratch off that Detroit history-lover on your shopping list AND score authentic vintage Detroit postcards to boot. Order now to guarantee delivery by the holidays.

We’ve also stopped carrying our T-shirt line in our online store. It was simply too difficult to keep up with demand for various sizes at City Bird and online. But fret not! Our Hudson’s, vintage Book-Cadillac and retro Made in Detroit USA T-shirts are still available - exclusively now - at City Bird in Midtown Detroit.