detroitlovesyou On the shores of the river, in #1701, the #French officer Antoine de La Mothe #Cadillac, along with fifty-one additional French and French-#Canadians, founded a settlement called Fort Ponchartrain du Détroit, naming it after the comte de Pontchartrain, Minister of Marine under Louis XIV, making #Detroit the first #European settlement above tidewater in North #America.... TODAY: For the first time and ONLY time, as birthdays go, Detroit is turning #313 today!
#HBD Detroit... If there is such a thing as a #goldenbirthday for cities, today would be yours :)
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detroitlovesyou The #DetroitPublicLibrary (#DPL) is the second largest #library system in the #US state of #Michigan by volumes held (after the #UniversityofMichigan Library) and is the 20th largest library system in the #UnitedStates. It is composed of the Main Library on #Woodward Avenue, which houses DPL administration offices, and 23 branch locations across the city. The Main Library is part of Detroit's Cultural Center Historic District listed in the #National Register of #HistoricPlaces adjacent to Wayne State #University campus and across from the Detroit Institute of #Arts. A stand-alone #publiclibrary in Detroit dates back to #1865. An 1842 state law requiring the Detroit Board of #Education to open a library resulted in a public reading room opening on March 25, #1865 in the old Capitol High School at State and Griswold Street. In 1872, the Centre Park Library opened at the current location of the Skillman Branch in downtown Detroit at #Gratiot and Library Street. The first branch library opened in 1897 when the Detroit Water Commission library was opened to the public; in 1905 this library was turned over to the Detroit #LibraryCommission. 6mon

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detroitlovesyou In the #UnitedStates, #LaborDay, the first Monday in #September, is a #celebration of the labor #movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of #American workers. It constitutes a yearly #national tribute to the contributions #workers have made to the #strength, #prosperity, and well-being of their country. Stand Up #Detroit! 11mon

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detroitlovesyou Today in #Detroit History:
The 1967 Detroit #riot, also known as the 12th Street riot, was a #violent public disorder that turned into a civil disturbance in Detroit. It began on a Saturday night in the early-morning hours of #July23, 1967. The precipitating #event was a #police raid of an unlicensed, after-hours bar then known as a #blindpig, on the corner of 12th (today Rosa Parks Boulevard) and Clairmount streets on the city's Near West Side. Police confrontations with patrons and observers on the street evolved into one of the deadliest and most destructive riots in United States history, lasting five days and surpassing the violence and property destruction of Detroit's 1943 race riot.
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detroitlovesyou The #DavidStottBuilding is an #ArtDeco skyscraper in downtown #Detroit designed by the architectural firm of Donaldson and Meier. It is a class-A office building constructed in #1929 at the corner of Griswold Street and State Street (1150 Griswold St.), a part of the Capitol Park #HistoricDistrict. It is named after a businessman in Detroit who owned a mill and was on the boards of multiple other companies. It has 37 stories with three additional floors below street level. The building rises from a reddish granite base and incorporates brick, marble (on the first three floors from the street), and limestone as its surface materials. As with many of the other Detroit buildings of the era it contains architectural sculpture by #CorradoParducci. The #tower's tiered summit is brightly lighted with uplights on each facade and complements the similarly lighted Westin Book Cadillac Hotel downtown. The David Stott Building neighbors 1001 Woodward to the southeast. #SkyBar Detroit opened in 2011 on the 33rd floor of the #DavidStottTower. 1y

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detroitlovesyou There's really nothing to say. Just take a look at #RoboCop in his 10-foot-tall pixel-atom-perfect glory. So far he's passed from you, the backers, to Fred Barton's expert custom sculpting, to Across The Board Creation's 3D scanning, digital enlarging, physical fabrication, and assembly in foam, wax, clay, and steel (pictured below), and now he's headed to Venus Bronze Works in #Detroit for casting and #manufacturing in #bronze. We bow to all parties for going above and beyond. #TeamRobo #RoboDetroit 1y

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detroitlovesyou #TigerStadium was designed by the father and son team of Frank C. Osborn and Kenneth H. Osborn. The firm designed more than 100 sports stadiums, including #Fenway Park in Boston and #YankeeStadium in New York. Bernard Green of the same firm also designed #MichiganStadium in #AnnArbor. More than 11,000 home runs were creamed at the Corner. #BabeRuth and #MickeyMantle hit the longest dingers of their careers at the #stadium. #Detroit outfielder George Stallings smacked the first round-tripper at the site on April 28, #1896, and #Tigers Robert Fick clobbered the last: a #grandslam in the final game that nearly cleared the right field roof. Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle accomplished the feat three times.The park sat vacant since hosting its final game on Sept. 27, 1999, until June 30, #2008, when demolition began. As of December #2012, the site remains empty and unused and the point of the stadium’s #demolition unclear. 1y

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detroitlovesyou The #GuardianBuilding is a landmark skyscraper in the #UnitedStates, located at 500 Griswold Street in the #FinancialDistrict of Downtown #Detroit. The Guardian is a class-A office building owned by #WayneCounty, and serves as its #headquarters. Built in 1928 and finished in #1929, the building was originally called the #UnionTrust Building and is a bold example of #ArtDeco #architecture, including art moderne designs. At the top of the Guardian Building's spire is a large American #Flag, complementing the four smaller flags atop nearby 150 West Jefferson. The building has undergone recent #award-winning renovations. It was designated a #NationalHistoricLandmark on June 29, #1989, and the associated Detroit Financial District is on the #National Register of #Historic Places. The Guardian building includes retail and a tourist gift shop. #nrhp #nhl 1y

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detroitlovesyou If #BelleIsle is #Detroit’s crown, then the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory is its brightest emerald, full of brilliant green ferns, palms and cacti and plant life from all over the world. The conservatory, opened in the center of the island on Aug. 18, #1904, the same day as its next door neighbor, the #BelleIsleAquarium. Both were designed by #AlbertKahn, who for the conservatory turned to Thomas Jefferson’s #Monticello for inspiration. It sits on 13 acres and features a lily pond on its north side and is fronted by formal perennial #gardens on the west. These gardens are home to the Levi L. Barbour Memorial #Fountain. For the first 51 years of its existence, the building was known as simply the Conservatory or the Horticulture Building. Today, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb #Conservatory is the oldest, continually operating conservatory in the #UnitedStates. #aswc 1y

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detroitlovesyou The Horace E. Dodge Fountain
Located at the center of Hart Plaza is the Horace E. Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain, designed by Isamu #Noguchi in #1978. Anna Thompson #Dodge, the wife of the late Horace Dodge, an auto pioneer, gave the City of #Detroit $1,000,000 towards the construction of a fountain in memory of her late husband and son. The stainless #steel fountain is composed of two legs topped by a ring to the height of 30 feet above a circular, black granite pool. The #fountain contains 300 jets and 300 lights and has a very intricate and computerized lighting and nozzle functions, which can create countless different configurations, dependent on temperature.
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detroitlovesyou Who has ever seen this little wonder at #LafayetteConey? Coney Islands are a unique type of Greek American restaurant. Two of the most well-known Coney Island restaurants are the Lafayette Coney Island and the #AmericanConey Island, which are located adjacent to one another on #Lafayette St. in downtown #Detroit. They have a common root, with the original restaurant having been established by #Greek immigrant brothers Bill and Gus Keros in 1914. The brothers got into business dispute soon thereafter, and in 1917 split their #restaurant into the two establishments that exist today. 1y

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detroitlovesyou This photo of the #DetroitRiverFront was taken off of #CNN's Facebook page featured as their Fan Photo of the day. The Detroit International Riverfront is a #tourist attraction and landmark of #Detroit, extending from the #AmbassadorBridge in the west to #BelleIsle in the east, for a total of 5½ miles (8.8 kilometers). The International Riverfront encompasses a cruise ship passenger terminal and dock, a marina, a multitude of parks, restaurants, retail shops, #skyscrapers, and high rise residential areas along with #Cobo Convention/Exhibition Center and #JoeLouisArena. The Marriott at the #RenaissanceCenter and the Robert's Riverwalk Hotel are also situated along the International #Riverfront. 1y

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detroitlovesyou The city's name originates from the #DetroitRiver (French: le détroit du Lac Érié, meaning the strait of Lake Erie), linking Lake Huron and Lake Erie; in the #historical context, the strait included Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River.[16][17] Traveling up the #Detroit River in #1679 on the ship Le Griffon with Cavelier de La Salle, Father Louis Hennepin noted the north bank of the river as an ideal location for a settlement.
There, in #1701, the French officer Antoine de La Mothe #Cadillac, along with fifty-one additional #French-#Canadians, founded a settlement called Fort Ponchartrain du Détroit, naming it after the comte de Pontchartrain, Minister of Marine under Louis XIV. #France offered free land in order to attract families to Detroit, which grew to 800 people in 1765, the largest city between Montreal and New Orleans. HAPPY DETROIT DAY EVERYBODY! (#313#313DLove#DetroitDay#DetroitLove)
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detroitlovesyou On May 4, 1993, a four-alarm fire tore through yet another abandoned #church in #Detroit, destroying it. But this wasn’t just any church. To generations of Catholics in metro Detroit, this was the cathedral for the #Archdiocese - the mothership for the region’s #Catholics. As Detroit’s fortunes fell the #StPatrickCatholicChurch attendance fell with it. The church ended up in the hands of the #city, which let it sit and rot. It was #abandoned and being used by only the #homeless and drug addicts and became an eyesore. Twenty years after the #church gave up on its old #cathedral, someone torched it. The city went to work #destroying what the #fire hadn’t that same day. 1y

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detroitlovesyou The #DetroitOperaHouse is an ornate #opera house in the United States, located in #GrandCircusPark Historic District of #Detroit. It is the home of the Michigan #OperaTheatre and its productions. The 2,700 seat venue also hosts a variety of other events. The #historic theatre opened January 22, 1922. The #theatre is located at 1526 Broadway Street and was originally designed by C. Howard Crane, having created other prominent Detroit theaters such as The #Fillmore Detroit, #FoxTheater and the Detroit Symphony's #Orchestra Hall. #Architect Eric J. Hill participated in an extensive restoration of the building which reopened in 1996. 1y

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detroitlovesyou The #WayneCountyBuilding is a lowrise government structure in #Detroit. The Wayne County building was listed on the #National Register of #HistoricPlaces in #1975. Detroit architect #JohnScott designed the building which stands 5 floors. Constructed from 1897 to 1902, it may be the nation's finest surviving example of #RomanBaroque #architecture, with a blend of Beaux-Arts and some elements of the neo-classical architectural style. 1y

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detroitlovesyou The #BelleIsleAquarium is a public aquarium located in #BelleIsle Park in #Detroit. Designed by noted architect #AlbertKahn, it opened on August 18, 1904, and was the oldest continually operating public aquarium in #NorthAmerica when it closed on April 3, 2005. The #aquarium reopened to the public on August 18, 2012, and is now run entirely by #volunteers. The 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) #historic building features a single large #gallery with an arched ceiling covered in #green glass tile to evoke an #underwater feeling. 1y

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detroitlovesyou #BookTower is a 145 m (476 ft), 38-story skyscraper in the Washington Boulevard Historic District of #Detroit. Construction began on the #ItalianRenaissance-style building in #1916 as an addition to the original Book Building and finished a decade later. Designed in the Academic #Classicism style, it is 475 feet (145 m) and 38 stories tall (not including two basement levels), with two mechanical floors at the top encasing the green copper roof, a roofing style shared by the nearby Westin Book-#Cadillac Hotel. Retail and gallery floors used to reside on the first and second floors, with businesses previously occupying the rest. The building is currently unoccupied. (Photo taken from the nearby Book-Cadillac Hotel in 1923) 1y

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detroitlovesyou #TheWhitney mansion is an impressive home on #Woodward Avenue near downtown #Detroit. The structure, completed in 1894, was designed for lumber baron #DavidWhitneyJr. and described by one newspaper account in #1894 as "the most elaborate and substantial residence in this part of the country." Created in the #Romanesque style by respected Detroit architect #GordonWLloyd , the structure is built of South Dakota Jasper, a rare variety of pink granite which gives the outside of the House a striking rose hue. The exterior features a multi gabled roof and arched windows that add drama to the, already, #luxurious facade. The 21,000 square foot home has 52 rooms, 218 windows, 20 fireplaces, a secret vault in the original dining room and an elevator. Construction took four years at a cost of $400,000. (Photo taken in #1920) 1y

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detroitlovesyou The #FisherBuilding (1928) is a landmark #skyscraper in the United States, located in the heart of the New Center area of #Detroit, #Michigan. The ornate building is designed in an #ArtDeco style, constructed of limestone, granite, and several types of marble. The Fisher family financed the building with proceeds from the sale of Fisher Body to #GeneralMotors.The building, which contains the elaborate 2,089 seat #FisherTheatre, was designated a National #Historic #Landmark on June 29, 1989. It is also the location of the headquarters for the #DetroitPublicSchools. #NHL 1y

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