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The Turret

Through the years

How is might have looked

Ransom Gillis

Alfred Street Pictures and Maps

Henry T. Brush and Jeanie Flora Campbell

Structures of Henry T. Brush

Alanson J. Fox

Speaches of Alanson J. Fox

Pewabic Pottery

The Essa's

The Storefront

1943 Detroit Riot

Urban renewal?

Population Change in Detroit

Rise of Architecture in Detroit

Movie Cameos

le détroit (The Straits)

The Walls

Tiger Stadium, 100 Years On

Detroit Freeways

Who Makes It?

House Photos for Sale

More pics on Flickr

"The view which he has given of human life has a melancholy hue, but he feels conscious that he has drawn these dark tints from a
conviction that they are really in the picture, and not from a jaundiced eye or an inherent spleen of disposition."

--Thomas Malthus, An Essay on the Principle of Population, 1798

In downtown Detroit there exists a grand residence built in the Venetian Gothic style some 130 years ago. It stands now in ruins seemingly more comfortable in the company of a lonely castle in the Scottish Highlands than in the shadow of Ford Field (Detroit Lions), Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers), and Joe Louis Arena (Detroit Red Wings). Though its only occupants for the last 40 years have been crack dealers and the local homeless population, its history reflects the length and breadth of the American Experience.
This is its Story


  1. Music: Warren Zevon, I Was in the House when the House Burned Down, Warren Zevon Live at "Austin City Limits" soundstage, KLRU studio on 1999-12-03, Internet Archive, [https://archive.org/details/wz1999-12-03.sbeok.flac16] (12/30/2015)

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