Detroit Building Tour

Last month Jesse and I were given an opportunity to visit and shoot some of Detroit’s well-known architectural gems. Thanks to meeting Michelle of Quicken Loans at Art-is-in Market at Twelve Oaks, she had arranged permission and access to several buildings owned by Quicken Loans in the downtown Detroit area.

We were given a tour by one of Quicken’s interns, where we took a walking tour of several buildings: First National Building, Chase Tower (aka “The Qube”), Chrysler House (formerly the Dime Building) and the Madison Theatre Building.  Several of the buildings afforded us a great view (and new to us) of the Detroit skyline. We started the tour in the Dime building, where we were taken to the basement of the building to view an old bank vault still in existence.  We also entered one of the many tunnels that runs beneath the downtown area – that reminded me more of what we typically see when we are out exploring in Detroit — dark and dirty!

Afterwards we had lunch at Small Plates – their sweet potato fries were to die for! I recommend their food the next time you find yourself looking for great cuisine in Detroit.

Thanks again to Michelle for setting this up for us, it was a great experience!

 

Dime Building Lobby
Dime Building Lobby

 

Chase Tower

 

Chase Tower

 

View down Woodware Ave. (Guardian Bldg. on left)
View down Woodward Ave. (Guardian Bldg. on left)

 

View from Chase Tower

 

Bank vault in basement of Dime Building
Bank vault in basement of Dime Building

 

Bank vault in basement of Dime Building
Bank vault in basement of Dime Building

 

Bank vault in basement of Dime Building
Bank vault in basement of Dime Building

 

Tunnel underneath Dime Building
Tunnel underneath Dime Building

 

Care Graffiti
Care Graffiti

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