being the second largest hub of Delta Airlines (the largest is at the Jackson-Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta), the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne Airport is composed of the Bigger Edward Mcnamara Terminal and it's sateliite concourses A, B and C and is used exclusively for the Sky Team Members and the smaller North Terminal (also known as Concourse D) for Non Sky Team memners. both Terminals handle international and domestic Air Traffic and together comprises the second longest Airport Terminal Buidling after the Kansai Airport of Osaka Japan. it also has the famous ExpressTram Shuttle to ferry passengers to and from various areas of the Airport. The terminal host a large number of shops, snack stands, full service restaurants, duty free shops, bars and souvenir shops.
If you happen to be at the Delta Airlines Mc Namara Terminal Hub at Detroit's Metro Wayne Airport, you will see the famous underground light tunnel that connects Concourse A, B and C to the Main Terminal where Leonoardo Di Caprio's Character was seen going to in the movie Catch Me If You Can. the light tunnel is quite a wonderful sight for the sore eyes.
according to wikipedia:
the light tunnel features an elaborate multi-colored light show behind sculpted glass panels extending the entire length of the walkway, as well several moving walkways. The light patterns are synchronized with an original musical score composed by Victor Alexeeff, which runs for nearly 30-minutes before repeating. This installation, one of the first large-scale uses of color changing LED lighting in the United States, was produced by Mills James Productions with glasswork by Foxfire Glass Works of Pontiac, Michigan. The display won multiple lighting design awards including the prestigious Guth Award of Merit. For passengers who are prone to medical conditions such as seizures, there are buttons at each end of the tunnel that will suspend the light show for five minutes so they can pass through with no adverse effects.
Good News! As of May, 2013, this museum has reopened on the weekends, for now, anyway!
According to "Advertiser Times" June 5,2013 edition; this museum underwent a multi-million dollar renovation to update and improve the entire facility.
The museum is now open 11 AM - 4 PM most Saturdays and Sundays, unless otherwise indicated on the below website. Please check to make sure it will be open the day you want to visit.
They've added some new exhibits and refurbished some old one's but it's still very much similar to the below description. They have made it more Detroit oriented, rather than focus more broadly on the Great Lakes maritime history as they did before. They narrowed the focus of the museum because since this museum first opened, in 1960, many other museums on Great Lakes sailing and shipping have opened besides the three in existence at that time.
The museum was started in 1956 from a donation by Walter Dossin whose family owned a successful food wholesaling and distribution business.
Dossin was also involved in unlimited powerboat racing and in the front of the museum, "Miss Pepsi"; named for one of the products the family distributed, is displayed.
This boat, designed by Gus Hacker, won every race in it's class in 1947, including the coveted "Gold Cup".
Hacker designed other boats for the Dossin's, but they were so much better than any other boats at the time, he had to "dumb them down" because no one could compete with these boats of his design!
The museum has models of Great Lakes ships, and a simulated bridge from a freighter, as well as a periscope from an old US Navy submarine.
Check the Detroit Historical Museum´s website for info on Dossin and it´s current visiting hours.
Indian Village is interesting because it remains an active gas lamp district. By this I mean that not only does this neighborhood have it's original gas fired street lights, they still work! Continue walking along Iroquois Street, then cross over to Seminole Street.
North of downtown a couple of miles, between Jefferson and Mack Avenues, is a historic residential development that dates back to 1895, when Detroit was just expanding at its most creative industrial period. The land was originally farm owned by a French-American, but was developed into one of Detroit wealthiest neighborhoods, and now it's is a protected historical section of some 300 homes of extraordinary architectural achievement. Most homes are set on sizeable lots with carriage houses in back. I began a dog walk of Iroquois Street. The neighborhood is protected by a private security system, as it is surrounded by low income high rise apartment buildings and run down housing. It's perfectly safe to walk the neighborhood during daylight though...
Even as a native of Detroit, I recommend going to Segways2U (located in the GM/Renaissance Center). Segways2U is a great segway tour! It was my first experience of riding on a segway and I even learned many new things about various popular areas in the downtown that I have been to many times before. i definitely feel that segway tours offer a whole new and different perspective compared to walking on foot,
Most people would think that riding a segway would be incredibly difficult, but it's actually really easy! The people that work there are very friendly and helpful; they teach how to ride the segway until you feel comfortable riding on your own. They also offer segway rentals which i haven't tried yet, but I will next time. Again, I highly recommend coming here to take a tour or just renting out a segway, it's not an opportunity you get to try everyday!
This historic church has early history in Detroit and participated in the Underground Railroad movement to transport slaves to freedom in Canada. Unfortunately, the church building has been modified several times, most recently during an effort to widen Woodward Avenue. It sits on prime real-estate across from Grand Circus Park.
A matinee or night out at the Detroit Opera Theater could well be time well spent. The building is quite substantial, and it used for a variety of scheduled events. It's right off Grand Circus Park. See link below for calendar and ticket purchase for the Michigan Opera Theater productions.
Also just off Woodward Avenue, within view of the Detroit Opera house, and almost directly across the street from the Broderick Tower is a marvelous old fountain with a bronze figurine dedicated to yet another 19th century Detroit statesman. Nearby is another stainless steel work of public art, which I have yet to identify.
Directly opposite the seated Hazen S Pingree statue on Woodward Avenue and Adams Street is the seated statue of another mayor and Michigan congressman, William Cotter Maybury. In one of these photos Tiger baseball Comercia Park can be seen down the street in the background. At a different angle, in another photo the Detroit Opera can be seen in the background.
The rather confined 5 acre park is the original city center planned by Augustus Woodward after the 1805 fire destroyed Detroit. Today, the park is shadowed by the People Mover elevated track and station, as well as by the Broderick Tower and other tall buildings surrounding it. Also, much of the landscaping has been bisected by pedestrian pavement around the fountains, and the park itself is bisected by Woodward Avenue, the multi-lane principal thoroughfare in Motown. At the moment, tents of the "Occupy Detroit" movement congregate over much of the lawn area on the south end., which includes the Thomas Edison Memorial Fountain.
Next to the freeway, but safely inside the downtown area on Woodward Avenue, and within sight of Tiger Stadium is the venerable St. John's Episcopal Church. This is one of the oldest existing buildings in the area, with parts of the current structure dating back to 1861. See the church website for an a well written history of the church and architectural details of this magnificent church. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to go inside and see the stained glass windows. At one time, I believe that St John's, or the national Episcopal church organization, tried to take over the Mariner's church down on the waterfront, but this was stopped by court action.
I'm not a member, so I just had the opportunity to take a street photo of this grand old building located on Madison avenue, just north of the Circus Center Park. The building dates to 1915, but the club itself dates back to 1887. The club membership includes Detroit's automotive executives and their families. This is a private club that caters weddings and parties, in addition to providing a work out for the white collar elite of Detroit. There is a 4 lane indoor swimming pool, squash and handball courts, and a bowling alley. The club has reciprocal agreements with other clubs in the world according to their website.
Harmonie Park is a triangular green and patio space bounded by E Grand River Avenue, Centre Street, and Randolph, about two blocks toward the river from Tiger Stadium. This was originally a German immigrant district that gave rise to the Harmonie Club, the distinctive building for which is across from the park. The public art piece, The Entrance is actually in a sliver of the park across E Grand River. In this neighborhood are various night clubs, art galleries, and a recording studio that try to maintain the tradition of the Harmonie Club. The park doesn't pay much tribute to the long gone German immigrant, other than by a historic sign, as bas reliefs in the concrete focus on Black Americans like Harriet Tubman and Joe Lewis. Indeed, there's some revision of the park's meaning because a new sign names this park also as Beatrice Buck's Paradise Valley Park.
St Mary's claims to be the 3rd oldest parish in Detroit, one founded for the German Catholic immigrants in 1835. The current building (1885) replaced an earlier structure on the same site. St. Mary's architecture is notable. The Catholic school across the street is one of the oldest such buildings in the state.
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