Wurlitzer Building – Downtown Detroit Skyline Photograph

Wurlitzer Building Photograph - Detroit
The Wurlitzer building once was the home of the famous Wurlitzer Co., which made pianos, instruments, and the “Mighty Wurlitzer” organs for movie theaters. More than 2,000 organs were built for theaters nationwide between 1911 and 1943, including the Fox, Fisher, Michigan and State (now the Fillmore) theaters in Detroit.

The Renaissance Revival style building was designed by Detroit architect Robert Finn, and it opened in December 1926.

The building has been vacant and in disrepair for years. It was recently purchased by a New York developer looking to turn it into a hotel.

For more information, read Dan Austin’s Free Press Article.

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Photography by Rod Arroyo

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David Whitney Building – Detroit Photographs in Black and White

The David Whitney Building in Detroit was completed in 1915, before the Detroit building boom of the 1920’s. It was designed by Graham, Burnham & Co., the successor firm to the D.H. Burnham Company. This was the firm co-founded by famed architect Daniel Burnham, and some have argued that the design was inspired by Burnham. Burnham designed the Dime Building (Chrysler House) right down the street.

In 2013, a $92 million renovation began, and the building recently re-opened, including a new Aloft hotel.

Photographs by Rod Arroyo
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The view down Woodward Avenue from the David Whitney building.

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Royal Oak Farmers Market – Michigan | Photographs

Royal Oak Farmers Market
City of Royal Oak, Michigan

Photographs by Rod Arroyo, www.CityPhotosAndBooks.com

Royal Oak Farmers Market -  Michigan Photo

Royal Oak Farmers Market -  Michigan Photo

Royal Oak Farmers Market -  Michigan Photo

Royal Oak Farmers Market -  Michigan Photo
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Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine – New York – Interior Photos

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine is the fourth largest Christian church in the world. Construction on this Episcopal Cathedral was begun in 1892 and it still remains unfinished.

This stunning example of Gothic Revival architecture is located on Amsterdam Avenue, between West 110th Street and West 113th Street in Manhattan. The interior of the church covers over 102,000 square feet. The interior height of the nave is 124 feet.

Photography by Rod Arroyo
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Cathedral Church of St John the Divine

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Cathedral, Church, St. John, the Divine, New York, Interior, Photo, Episcopal, Churc

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Detroit’s Belle Isle – Photographs of an Island Jewel

Belle Isle, originally known as Hog Island, was first settled by French explorers in the 1700’s. With approximately 900 acres, Belle Isle is the country’s largest city island park, exceeding the size of New York City’s Central Park. The island was planned by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the man credited with establishing the landscape architecture profession. Most of the well-known buildings on the island were designed by famed Detroit architect Albert Kahn.

Belle Isle became the 102nd state park in Michigan in 2014.

Photographs by Rod Arroyo, www.CityPhotosAndBooks.com

Belle Isle Detroit Photograph Black and White

Belle Isle Detroit Photograph Black and White

Belle Isle Detroit Photograph Black and White for sale

Belle Isle Detroit Photograph Black and White for sale

Belle Isle Detroit Photograph Black and White

Belle Isle Detroit Photograph Black and White for sale

Detroit Belle Isle Conservatory Photograph

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Detroit Public Library – Interior Photographs

Architect: Cass Gilbert, Dedicated June 3, 1921

The 1893 Columbian Exhibition in Chicago is considered to be the birthplace of the City Beautiful movement in the United States. Led by renowned architect and urban designer Daniel Burnham, architect of Detroit’s Dime Building (now the Chrysler House), the featured “White City” was stunning, showing how civic places should be prominent and influential in U.S. cities.

Detroit Mayor Phillip Breitmeyer brought the City Beautiful movement to Detroit by establishing a City Plan and Improvement Committee. Frank Day of Philadelphia and Edward Bennett of Chicago were leaders of this committee, and Daniel Burnham consulted on the plan. In 1913, they announced their plans (Plan for a Center of Arts and Letters), and it included a major emphasis upon both the creation of a cultural center and the adoption of zoning regulations.

A competition was held to select an architect for the Detroit Public Library, the first building to be constructed under the new plan, and distinguished architect, Cass Gilbert, was selected. His other notable works include the Supreme Court of the United States Building, the Woolworth Building in New York, and the St. Louis Art Museum.

By Rod Arroyo, photographer and city planner

Detroit Public Library Photo For Sale historic Cass Gilbert

Detroit Public Library Photo For Sale historic Cass Gilbert

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White House and Marine One – Black and White Photographs

Designed by James Hoban and built around 1800, the White House is the official residency of the President of the United States (POTUS). This photography also includes Marine One, the official helicopter used by POTUS. Technically, Marine One refers to any aircraft from the U.S. Marine Corps that flies the President.

White House and Marine One, Photo in Black and White,

White House and Marine One helicopter. Photo in Black and White

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