|I was actually taking a photo of this vignette of a room, a sort of crazy room but very cool nonetheless, especially since it was a storefront in a block of abandoned buildings|
|This is a big, big sports bar. Karen made sure I got this photo for Jeff, as they are equally sports nuts about Detroit teams. Done.|
The passion some have for 'my team' transcends a whole lot of layers, and I've known more than a few people who can forget an appointment but remember 30 years ago to a game they either attended or watched on television where each and every move and score is as indelibly etched on their brain as the births of my children is on mine. So there ya go! Detroit, full of gorgeous abandonment, has not abandoned the sports teams that still draw out hundreds a year, giving a moment in time to not have to look at the chaos of every day life in this city working hard to make a comeback, just like every team does when it hits the bottom. Go Detroit!
In the meantime, we could - and did, at Karen's suggestion - I figured they weren't even open, but she knew better - hang out awhile at the Casa de la Habana, a cigar and martini lounge.
|We didn't have a martini, but we did have a great Bloody Mary and used ashtrays that weighed about 15 pounds.|
|Cigar smoke was in the air, business men taking a break in the day - to work and smoke their stogie of choice at the same time|
|20 minutes in Detroit - a line of cigars created for Detroit!|
|This man was nice enough to pose for a photo AND turn us on to upstairs. He thought we'd like it and suggested we ask the manager to give us a tour of the private club up there.|
|We stopped in the gift store across the hall to find said tour guide|
|He was in the humidor room, stocking the shelves, but kindly agreed to take us beyond.|
|There were maybe 7 or 8 separate rooms, all comfortably decorated, with gallery worthy art and plenty of ashtrays.|
|There was also an outdoor area, with, I'm guessing, a heater for those colder days|
|With the stadium as the biggest view|
Though sports don't have any tick lists for me, I am an architectural style fan, and Detroit lured, baited and got me on the hook. Because on the architectural side, it is a Fellini movie of massive proportions. There are, scattered in every direction (and I mean that: whoever platted out the heart of Detroit, if indeed any one person did and I tend to think not, roads and buildings go in every possible direction, a kaleidoscope of styles that can quickly put a crick in your neck trying to catch all the wonderful freewheeling madness) every style of building a architectural freak geek could want to see.
|This is the Castle "The GAR building, 1942 W. Grand River Ave., was constructed in the late
1800s for Union Civil War veterans who belonged to an organization
called the Grand Army of the Republic. Renovation plans call for
restaurants, offices, and a Civil War museum." From The Detroit News, with lots more information information and photos|
|I kept coming back to this building, the Book Tower. Briefly the tallest building in Detroit, it was commissioned by the Book brothers, who'd already built the Book Building next to it. It is hard to appreciate the details on this building as most of them are up so high, binoculars would have been handy. All I knew for sure, beside how amazing it is, is that I'd not want to be in need of that fire escape. The building, like so many here, stands empty.|
|The Wives of Detroit|
|Water towers showed up many times, glimpsed and gone.|
|New and old don't exactly mix and mingle, but all are present, if not accounted for|
|The Wurlitzer Building. Yes, that Wurlitzer. With its unique detail and fascinating history (have a business idea? build a building to rival the last one the other guy built down the street), the Wurlitzer building is getting some attention again at last, after a chunk of it fell off on and into the roof of a man living next to it. More to follow, though not literally, I hope.|
Have a wield your wealth wisely. Do something (w)right.