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Detroit, Michigan is an urban center that balances it's rich history with an exciting future. The "Motor City", usually defined by the automotive industry that was born here, often surprises visitors with new development that is reshaping the city. While still preserving its history with many showcases of the city's automotive heritage, architectural beauty and Motown music age, a new excitement is being felt in Detroit with the building of multiple casinos, a river walk, public ice rink, luxury hotels and upscale dining spots, along with multiple sports arenas.
The architectural history and beauty found in the city of Detroit will amaze visitors. The breathtaking Art-Deco of the Guardian Building, built in 1928, with its lobby of Aztec themes and mosaic, Pewabic, and Rookwood tiles is an incredible piece of history in modern day Detroit. Another Detroit gem, the Fisher Building, is a lavish 30 story Art-Deco masterpiece and home to the popular Fisher Theater.
Along with commercial buildings, great architecture can be found in many of the historic neighborhoods of Detroit. On the city's West side, the neighborhood of Palmer Woods is famous for its elm-lined streets, large brick homes, and Tudor style architecture. Palmer Woods also boasts the only home in Detroit designed by the famous Frank Lloyd Wright. Indian Village, found on Detroit's East side, features homes designed by famous architects such as Albert Kahn, Louis Kamper and William Stratton, and housed prominent Detroit citizens such as Edsel Ford. This district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
Art and culture are in large supply in Detroit! The city's Cultural Center is made up of three historic landmarks -the Detroit Public Library, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Horace H. Rackham Education Memorial Building. The Detroit Public Library, the largest library in Michigan, was designed in Italian Renaissance style - white marble exterior and murals, tiles and mosaics adorning the interior. The Detroit Institute of Arts is largely agreed upon as housing one of the best art collections in the United States. The world-class collection of the DIA showcases everything you could imagine in its over 65,000 works - including the priceless Self Portrait from Vincent van Gogh. The Horace H. Rackham Education Memorial Building was built in 1941 as the center for the city's engineering activities, along with being seen as a social and educational meeting place for Engineering Society of Detroit members.
Even more cultural experiences can be
found in and around Detroit. The Motown Historical Museum
chronicles the influential Motown music scene, which included
artists such as Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Marvin
Gaye, Stevie Wonder and the Jackson 5.
Encompassing over 110,000 square feet, the Michigan Science Center
offers a state-of-the-art digital planetarium, multiple exhibit
laboratories and learning environments and Michigan's only IMAX Dome
Detroit offers visitors a vibrant night
life to enjoy! For a killer martini, visit SkyBar Detroit
in the historic David Stott Building in Downtown Detroit. With a selection
of 25 different martinis, you can't go wrong. Enjoy your drink while
taking in amazing views of the city from the 33rd floor. Want to hit
a live show? Detroit has hot concert venues such as The Fillmore
and St. Andrews Hall downtown and the Magic
Stick and Majestic Theatre in Midtown. If you
are looking for the best place to see and be seen, the V Nightclub
located in the MGM Grand Detroit Casino is your ticket. This high-energy
dance club is "the" spot for mid-twenty to early thirty-something's.
Other venues to dance and party downtown include the electronic music
beats at Bleu Detroit, the Delux Lounge
in Greektown, and the underground industrial scene at the Leyland
City Club, located in the historic Leyland Hotel.