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Though small when compared to cities like New York and Chicago, Detroit's skyline is one of the finest collection of buildings in the United States. Between 1900 and 1930 numerous skyscrapers were built in styles from eclectic to art deco. Originally centered a short way from the river, downtown moved forward when the river front warehouses were replaced by a park and new buildings were built along this strip from the 1960s to the 1990s.

The buildings in this photo are, from left to right; The former Madden Building with its pyramidal roof; in front is the short Veterans Building; behind rises the neon spire of the Penobscot Building. The red-orange building to the right is the Guardian Building and in front of that is the ANR Building. To the right is the Dutch inspired Comerica Tower and in front of that is Detroit's modern City Hall which replaced a baroque inspired building from the 19th century. The red and white antenna behind City Hall is of the Cadillac Building where there was a giant hockey mural that was whitewashed last week.

In the river front park known as Hart Plaza are other monuments. In front of the ANR Building is the arch dedicated to Union Workers and in front of that is the large fountain seen here. At the base of the left side of City Hall is the top of the wall backing the Spirit of Detroit.

This was taken the same day as my large panorama of the river from Windsor, Canada, and just shows a detail of the buildings that are at the core of downtown's waterfront.

And as I said in that post the view here is due north since a geographic peculiarity puts the United States north of Canada only at this point. Normally Canada is our northern neighbor but in Detroit it's our southern neighbor. You can see the geographic marker that marks this note in the workshop.

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Additional Photos by Paul Mastrogiacomo (pamastro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2680 W: 165 N: 2694] (7290)
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