Spring showed up yesterday. You never know if it’s going to stick around these days, so I decided to get outside with my camera before it started snowing again. As quiet and desolate as these photos may seem, I actually saw more people hanging out downtown than usual. I guess a nice spring day really brings out the crowds.
Known as Detroit’s largest art object, the Fisher Building opened in September of 1928. The Art Deco masterpiece was designed by Albert Kahn and houses a three story lobby with hand-painted barrel vaulted ceilings, elaborate mosaics, and rows of
intricate and stunning chandeliers.
It had been eight years since I’d been to Meadow Brook Hall, the 88,000 square foot mansion built in the late 1920s by Matilda Dodge Wilson (widow of John Dodge – as in Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, etc.).
As soon as I walked in, fond memories of galas & good times came to mind. Flapper dresses, secret staircases, black & white movies in the ballroom…
They say you can’t go back, but I think it’s ok to visit now and then and appreciate the past, whether it be your own or that of a wealthy automotive family you’re of no relation to.
Welcome to the Guardian Building, a gem of a skyscraper built in the late 1920s that is stunning no matter how many times you’ve seen it.
I’ve always been captivated by the charm of Art Deco and the era when it flourished, so I consider myself lucky to have places like this nearby.
Ornate or simple, colorful or plain, places of worship come in all sizes and architectural styles, but one thing they have in common is that sense of peaceful solemnity inside. Wherever I am, whether visiting another state or someplace on the other side of the world, there’s a sense of familiarity when I walk into a church. I feel safe and at home.
Churches are one of my favorite subjects to photograph not only for their beauty, but also for the way they reveal a connection that crosses borders, cultures, and time.