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What’s it like to tour Detroit’s Motown Museum?
Feb01

What’s it like to tour Detroit’s Motown Museum?

One of the first things you’ll see when you tour Detroit’s Motown Museum, home of “Hitsville USA located at 2648 Grand Blvd. in Detroit, is a map full of push-pins representing all the towns and cities that visitors to the museum call home. It’s not too surprising that North America and Europe are bristling with pins, but there are pins on every continent except Antarctica, representing visits from Russians, Brazilians, Nigerians,...

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Motown Museum Plans $50 Million Expansion
Feb01

Motown Museum Plans $50 Million Expansion

The management of Detroit’s Motown Museum announced in late 2016 that a $50 million remodeling and expansion project will be coming soon.The museum, located at 2648 Grand Blvd. in Detroit was established in 1985 after being left vacant for several years when Motown’s operations in 1972 moved from Detroit to Hollywood in California. In the years following that move to the West Coast, Motown founder Berry Gordy’s sister, Esther Gordy...

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Only log cabin home in Detroit to be renovated after successful fundraiser
Dec01

Only log cabin home in Detroit to be renovated after successful fundraiser

A successful fundraiser and a matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and Michigan State Housing Development Authority are making it possible to bring new life to the only log cabin home in the city of Detroit. The Palmer Log Cabin, located in Detroit’s Palmer Park neighborhood, was built in 1885 and designed by architects George D. Mason and Zachariah Rice. Not a traditional log cabin, it’s closer to a...

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Detroit landmark: Wayne State University’s Bonstelle Theatre
Dec01

Detroit landmark: Wayne State University’s Bonstelle Theatre

If you’ve ever seen Wayne State University’s Bonstelle Theatre and thought it looked like a temple, you’re right. The building located at 3424 Woodward Ave. was original the home of the Temple Beth El synagogue and designed by congregation member Albert Kahn, who meant for the Beaux Arts building to bring to mind Roman and Greek temples. Kahn was known for specializing in industrial architecture and was sometimes called “The Architect...

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GROW Eastern Market initiative connects small farmers with food buyers
Nov01

GROW Eastern Market initiative connects small farmers with food buyers

A new initiative of Eastern Market Corp., called GROW Eastern Market (GEM), is helping connect small farmers with wholesale buyers. Grow Eastern Market’s mission is “to increase access to local produce by brokering farm-to-fork relationships with distributors and institutional buyers (chefs, restaurants, schools, grocery stores and other wholesale markets) to create and expand new market channels for Michigan’s small and emerging...

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WSU’s DeRoy Auditorium reflects serene, graceful style of its famous architect
Nov01

WSU’s DeRoy Auditorium reflects serene, graceful style of its famous architect

Detroit area residents driving down Cass Avenue may spot a beautifully-sculpted light gray building that looks like it might be from another time and place, a place full of grace and serenity. They are looking at the DeRoy Auditorium on the campus of Wayne State University, the last of four buildings on campus designed by architect Minoru Yamasaki. Featured on the cover of Time Magazine in 1963, the architect’s style was described as...

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