Posted by: Kath Usitalo | May 16, 2012

Where? Wednesday Winner

The ornate, barrel-vaulted ceiling of the main arcade of Detroit’s Fisher Building

All of the entries for the Where? Wednesday photo posted on May 2 were correct, so I selected the first responder and it was a former classmate at Redford Union High School, Christopher Caminsky.

We were in the RUHS band together and Chris still lives in the Detroit area. We reconnected via Facebook some months ago, and are looking forward (I think!) to our upcoming class reunion.

The Where? Wednesday answer: The Fisher Building in Detroit’s New Center, a few miles north of the Detroit Riverfront.

The Fisher Building is an architectural gem designed by Albert Kahn Associates for the Fisher Body automotive family. The ornate Art Deco office and retail space, built in 1928, it was phase one of what was to have been a complex of  pair of 28-story structures and a 60-story centerpiece tower. The Great Depression interrupted the plan after just one of the shorter buildings was completed.

The Fisher Building has been referred to as “Detroit’s largest art object,” and is a National Historic Landmark. It houses the Fisher Theatre, a 2,000+ seat venue for touring Broadway productions; the 2012-13 season includes Billy Elliot, The Book of Mormon, Memphis, and Catch Me If You Can.



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