Photographing the Detroit Club has been on my Detroit building wishlist for a long time, as it was long ago when I first seen it from the People Mover (there is a station right across from the building) and my curiosity was piqued. The Detroit Club was built in 1891 and is the oldest private club in Detroit. Architect Wilson Eyre designed what is known as one of Detroit’s most iconic buildings, a four-story brick and stone building using a Romanesque Revival style, seated at the corner of Cass and Fort Avenues. 

After completing a renovation and reopening earlier this year, I knew it was only a matter of time before I would visit to take in its grandeur. Now would be the time to see it and perhaps have dinner in their restaurant, smoke a cigar in their cigar bar (cough!) or take advantage of their new small hotel and spa. At some point in the future, the club will become private once again, and will no longer open to the public. Read more about the renovations and history in this Detroit News article.

Below are images I took while visiting on August 14, 2018. They were readying a party in the dining room on the third floor so we got to see the dining table all decked out in Detroit Club fineware. For those of you who would like to have an opportunity to capture this beautiful building, I hope to schedule a shoot through Creative Vision Photo Workshops in October.


Detroit Club Bar
Detroit Club Restaurant
Detroit Club Sitting Room with Fireplace
Detroit Club Sitting Area Window
Detroit Club Sitting Room Side View
Detroit Club Sitting Room Side View Other Side
Detroit Club Second Sitting Room Panorama
Detroit Club Sitting Room Table and Chairs
Detroit Club Beautiful Table Details
Detroit Club Sitting Area with Globe


Detroit Club Dining Room Panorama
Detroit Club Dining Room From Above
Detroit Club Fancy Drinks


Detroit Club Conference Room
Detroit Club Hotel Room with Clawfoot Tub
Detroit Club Hotel Room 2


  • Walt paholak
    August 25, 2018, 5:15 pm  Reply

    Magnificent Alanna. I follow many architectural photographers and this portfolio ranks with the best.

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