In addition to its architectural significance, Detroit has been a source of influential culture, especially in music as the birthplace of Motown Records. In all, there's much to recommend in Detroit and here are a few of the best ways to spend a visit.
Start your visit to Detroit with a tour of the city's historic landmark buildings, some of which have been recently renovated and transformed into hotels, such as the Shinola Hotel and The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit. Essential viewing is the Guardian Building, an art deco masterpiece that's designated a National Historic Landmark. Featuring one of the most incredible lobbies in the world, it is decorated with the famous Detroit pottery's Pewabic ceramic tile, and has a custom made clock designed by Tiffany.
The architect of the Guardian, Wirt C. Rowland, also designed the story Penobscot Building, which opened in Another art deco design gem, the building was the tallest in Michigan until the GM Renaissance Center was built. Book Now.
With more than 65, artworks in its permanent collection, the Detroit Institute of Arts is one of the largest and most important art museums in the United States. Highlights include the American Art collection of more than 5, artworks dating from and Rivera Court, twenty-seven panels of frescoes depicting the auto industry painted by Mexican artist Diego Rivera during a visit in with his wife Frida Kahlo.
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The museum also presents temporary exhibitions throughout the year. One opening in the fall of will be a show on African-American art, drawn from private collections. A hotel close to the gallery that has loads of character is the Inn on Ferry Street , located in four restored Victorian mansions. The Motown Museum is packed with artifacts, photographs and other memorabilia in a house that's the actual site of Motown Records established in by Berry Gordy.
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One Detroit Center. Keep in mind that in most cases these artists did not sign their work, and records of those often considered secondary contractors were not always kept. Fifty years before this church was built, Detroit had burnt to the ground. Quicken to move to Detroit. Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Retrieved on March 27, And dominating the neighborhood is the impressive Beaux-Arts Central Station which was in use from , after which it fell into disrepair until purchased by the Ford Motor Company.
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New Research. The grandeur evident in some of the major buildings reflects a time when artisans and architects collaborated to craft structures that transcend functionality-they endure as standing works of art.
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