Detroit History – Unfolding The Past


When you think Detroit, it is understandable for terms like Motown Music and Motor City to come to mind. This town used to once be an extremely happening and hot spot. There is much more to Detroit than meets the eyes. For one, did you know that Detroit history had an important role in shaping America?


Art House:

This was originally known as the Elisha Taylor home that is located in Detroit. This structure is an amazing example of the Gothic Revival Home. The Art House was built in the year 1872, and the good part is that the original interiors are said to be preserved in almost as good as the original condition. For almost 30 years now, this house has been a center for architectural and art studies. This home is said to be one brilliant example of Detroit’s heyday and it goes back to the times of the city being nicknamed the ‘Paris of the Midwest’.

Detroit Opera House:

Another important marker of Detroit history is the Opera House. This has been the sole venue for all of the Michigan Opera Theatre Productions as well as other events that have taken place here. It was originally named the Capitol Theater and was said to be the fifth largest theater in the world during the time that it was built. It was capable of housing around 4260 people. However, it cannot house those many people today. In fact, in today’s age, the theater has closed down and reopened a number of times. Each time it has reopened, it has seen a resurgence of popularity.

Hastings Street Ballroom:

This is not only a place that is important from the historical point of view; but it also continues to be an extremely good place for you to catch a live performance. At this given point in time, the Hastings Street Ballroom is paired with the Tangent Gallery; and this is what enhances the whole experience now. During the 1930s, the Hastings Street was said to be the center of Afro-American culture and it was known to be home to some of the best music that came out of Detroit during that era.

Mariner’s Church:

Mariner’s church is said to date back to the very founding of Fort Detroit, which was about 160 years ago. The uniqueness of this church lies in its stained glass windows which are known to depict stories from the scriptures and also tell you about the history of the city. The top floor of the building was reserved to religious activities and needs; but the lower floor was rented out to businesses, and this was done for additional income.

Fort Wayne:

The historic Fort Wayne, an integral part of Detroit History, was built during the early part of the 1800s. However, it didn’t really see any troops until the time of the Civil War. It also served as an induction center for the sakes of the Michigan troops just before any major conflicts; and this included the Civil War and Vietnam as well. Almost all of the land that surrounds the Wayne Fort is said to be owned by the city of Detroit. If you decide to visit the fort, you could also see the barracks from 1848m, the Start Fort (1845) and can also visit the restored Commanding Officers House.

The First Congregational Church of Detroit:

This church was first established in the year 1844, and it made for an amalgamation of Byzantine and Romanesque architecture. The mere beauty of the church is what makes it popular. The organ found here is also noteworthy. It was built by the Casavant Freres of St. Hyacinthe Quebec; and is said to be one of the finest of its kind and gets divided into two sections. The upper tower is said to stand at about 120 feet, while the apex copper statue is that of the Archangel Uriel.