More destinations to visit in Detroit, USA.
Commissioned as a ‘cathedral of finance,’ this distinctive, 40-story, red brick building with green and white accents was the world’s tallest masonry structure when it opened in 1929. The interior is a colorful explosion of marble, mosaic and murals that draw from Aztec, art deco and local influences. It’s certainly the prettiest Bank of America you’ll ever see. Pure Detroit, whose flagship store is in the building, leads tours most Saturdays and Sundays.
Keep an eye out for the blood-red Numidian marble on the walls, and don’t miss the dazzling mural of Michigan at the end of the banking hall, painted by Ezra Miller.
Renowned architect Albert Kahn designed this 3.5-million-sq-ft factory, which opened in 1905, but after years of neglect it became one Detroit’s most iconic ruins. Now, an Italian developer has plans to turn it into an office and entertainment complex over the next decade. Phase one of the project is expected to be finished in fall 2019; in the meantime, you can tour the site on Saturdays with Pure Detroit. Book far in advance online.
Belle Isle Park
Pretty Belle Isle floats in the Detroit River. The entire expanse is parkland where kayaking, walking trails and a glass-domed conservatory await. There’s a beach, zoo, aquarium and maritime museum, too. Once you pay the entry fee, the individual sights are free. The cycling here is terrific.
Polka-dotted streets, houses covered in Technicolor paint blobs, strange doll sculptures in yards – this is no acid trip, but rather a block-spanning art installation. It’s the brainchild of street artist Tyree Guyton, who wanted to beautify his run-down community. Which he did for more than 30 years. Now Guyton has announced he’ll dismantle the project and put a cultural village in its place. He’ll rehab the buildings into galleries and art workshop spaces, much like the current Numbers House, which holds exhibitions.
So it’s an ever-evolving work in progress. Heidelberg is located about 1.5 miles from Eastern Market. Take Gratiot Ave northeast to Heidelberg St. The project spans from Ellery to Mt Elliott Sts in a rough neighborhood.
As mass transit, the monorail’s 3-mile loop on elevated tracks around downtown won’t get you very far. As a tourist attraction, it’s a sweet ride providing great views of the city and riverfront. There are 13 stations, including one in the Renaissance Center.
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
MOCAD is set in an abandoned, graffiti-slathered auto dealership. Heat lamps hang from the ceiling over peculiar exhibits that change every few months. Music and literary events take place regularly. The on-site cafe-cocktail bar is uber popular.
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