DetroitPhoto Du Jour

Electrograph Building Parducci's

Located at Fort and Vinewood in southwest Detroit, I spied this handsome Art Deco building, with what looked to be some of Corrado Parducci’s work up above. The building today houses the Latino Family Services, who have been around since 1971. I checked in with my associate Einar who is the resident Parducci expert, and asked him to check his databases. Sure enough it is a Parducci…
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Detroit Trucking Company

This intersting old building sits on Fort Street, at the south west corner with St. Anne. Orignally built as the Detroit Trucking company, I think that enterprise was short lived. As evidenced by the painted signs, this building was home to different companies before the…
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Detroit Showcase Company

While driving down Fort Street one day, I noticed this large warehouse. The faded paint on the facade reads “Detroit Showcase Company”. It was here that display showcases for various stores were made. Here is a Sandborn Map from 1921. The 1897 Map didn’t…
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Palace Cleaners

This building at Jefferson and Manistique caught my eye the other day. If not for the old Gas Station look, at least for the mystery of why the building is adorned with the letter “N”. So, I had an associate check out the history in his collection of city directories. Here’s what he found: The 1935 directory lists a Ned’s Auto Supply Co at 14701 E Jefferson. It says they…
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Vanity Ballroom

To the corner of Jefferson & Newport for today’s Photo Du Jour. Built in 1929 and designed by one of Detroit’s most important Art Deco architects, Charles N. Agree. Agree also designed the Belcrest & Whittier Hotels, as well as the Grande Ballroom, he…
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1700 West Fort Street

Another beauty along Fort Street. This one is just west of 10th St. A very hansome and large brick building. A little digging on this one uncovered its history. This was the home of the Edson-Moore & Co, Dry Goods Wholesalers. A quick google search didn’t reveal too much. The company was founded in 1872, and was still in business as late as 1944. Also the New York Times from Jan.
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Detroit Elevator Company

This is one that has always interested me. Does anyone know the history of the Detroit Elevator Company? Located on Franklin Street, the name always jumps out as so very different from the tool and die shops normally found around the area. In 1922, the building was…