Detroit Landmarks and Monuments

(Detroit, Michigan - MI, USA)

Detroit, the oldest city in the Midwest, has a suitably high number of landmarks and monuments bearing testimony to Detroit's long and varied history. Among the dirty, gray, weathered buildings of downtown Detroit and the residential homes of the surrounding suburbia are a spattering of beautifully preserved historical gems, such as the Art Deco Fischer Building.

The city of Detroit is also home to many modern landmarks and contemporary masterpieces, such as the black-glass Renaissance Center.

David Whitney House

Address: Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan (MI), USA
One of Detroit's most stunning examples of Romanesque Revival architecture is located on Woodward Avenue and currently houses a restaurant. The mansion, which was formerly the home of one of the city's wealthiest residents, lumber baron and steamship owner David Whitney, features Tiffany glass windows and multiple jasper columns, and boasts a 40-room interior embellished with intricately carved woodwork and inlays of onyx and marble.
Open hours: daily
Admission: charge for restaurant

Fischer Building

Address: 3011 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan (MI), USA
Tel: +1 313 872 1000
An exquisite example of 1920s Art Deco architecture, the Fischer Building is one of Detroit's most notable landmarks and a monument to the city's New Center area. The interior is embellished with stunningly beautiful mosaics crafted from over 40 different types of marble and depicting lavish scenes of cherubs, flora and fauna.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Fox Theater Building

Address: Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan (MI), USA
Dating from 1928, the Fox Theater was commissioned by C. Howard Crane and designed by William Fox, a famous theater promoter and developer. The building, which takes up an entire block of Detroit's Woodward Avenue, is a 10-story, steel framed construction featuring a cavernous, five-story main lobby and an upper auditorium that seats over 5,000 people.
Open hours: daily
Admission: charge for theater

Hart Plaza

Address: Jefferson Avenue at Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan (MI), USA
Tel: +1 313 877 8077
During the summer months Hart Plaza is host to scores of ethnic festivals, as well as the renowned Ford Montreux Jazz Festival, the largest of its kind in the world, and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, the world's largest free music festival. During the winter months, Hart Plaza is transformed into an ice skating rink with the distinctive and very pricey Isamu Noguchi fountain as its centerpiece.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free, charge for some events

Pewabic Pottery

Address: 10125 East Jefferson Avenue, Rivertown, Detroit, Michigan (MI), USA
Tel: +1 313 822 0954
A National Historic Landmark, the Pewabic Pottery Building is home to the offices, workshop and gallery of this non-profit organization, founded at the beginning of the 20th century. Detroit's Pewabic Pottery continues to strive for the preservation of the Arts and Crafts Movement ideals and contributes to the advancement of contemporary ceramics through its workshops and educational program.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Wayne County Building

Address: East Congress Street, at Beaubien Street, to East Fort Street, Detroit, Michigan (MI), USA
The conglomeration of brick buildings and landmarks known as Bricktown is fast becoming a trendy location in Detroit, due to its chic boutiques, hot and happening night spots and fashionable restaurants, all of which are connected to Detroit's contemporary urban-revival scheme. However, the neighborhood is also home to a noteworthy historical attraction, namely the city's oldest intact Italian Renaissance edifice, the Wayne County Building.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free