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Detroit Art Deco & Streamline Moderne Buildings

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Elwood Bar & Grill
Detroit, MI
Crystal Ballroom
Detroit, MI
The Elwood Bar & Grill was built in 1936 in the Art Moderne style. The fašade is covered with enameled steel panels. In 1997, it was moved here next to Comerica Park (Tiger Stadium). The Elwood was named after its original location four blocks away at the corner of Elizabeth Street and Woodward Avenue. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Crystal Ballroom was built in 1919. The exterior's Art Deco remodeling took place around 1936. In 2007, the building was converted into retail and residential space. It currently houses the Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe and the Crystal Lofts. For more, see this website. [map]

Vanity Ballroom
Detroit, MI
The Vanity Ballroom was designed by Charles N. Agree and built in 1929. It was a popular venue for big bands from the 1930s through the 1950s. There were concerts here in the 1960s and 1970s although the Vanity officially closed in 1958. The building has been vacant for many years and is in bad shape. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Laredo Apartments
Detroit, MI
The Laredo Apartments were built in the Moorish Deco style in the 1920s. This building has been abandoned for many years. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Guardian Building
Detroit, MI
The Guardian Building was designed by Wirt C. Rowland and built from 1928-1929. It was originally but briefly known as the Union Trust Building. The interior is lavish and colorful with marble, mosaics, and murals. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

WWJ AM Transmitter Building
Detroit, MI
The WWJ AM Transmitter Building was designed by Albert Kahn and built in 1936. The building is vacant but the radio towers behind it are still in use. Around 2009, the radio station's call letters were removed from the roof. This photo is from 2011. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

residence
Detroit, MI
doctor's office
Detroit, MI
This first building above appeared to be for sale as a residence when this photo was taken in 2011. It was built in 1941. The building previously housed a medical office. In 2016, the building was painted pink. [map]

This doctor's office appears to be from the 1930s or 1940s. The building previously housed a funeral home. This photo is from 2011. In 2016, the building was painted brown. [map]

John J. Pershing High School
Detroit, MI
John J. Pershing High School was built in 1929. [map]

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