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Monday, July 9, 2012

National Theatre in Detroit

Taking a guided walking tour of Detroit will load you up on information about its history and its unique architecture. This building, the National Theatre near Campus Martius, was designed in 1911 by the famous Albert Kahn as a vaudeville house. It looks a little Moorish, a little Egyptian and is filled with details like eagles and rosettes. The terra cotta exterior was fired at Pewabic Pottery on Jefferson. The twin gold-domed towers stand 64 feet tall. The interior is a wreck and estimates to restore this gem run into the millions.  Everything else in this Monroe block which dated back to the 19th century was razed. We hope that somehow the National Theatre can be saved.

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