May 7, 2011

1416 to 1434 Michigan Avenue

Once again, I do not have a full post for this week. Next week, however, I will have the full history of a new house to share. Until then, enjoy this pair of photographs of the northeast corner of Michigan and Trumbull Avenues. The buildings that now stand at 1416-1434 Michigan Ave are the very same in both images. The second photo is undated, but appears to have been taken in the 1880s.

Photo courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library

Michigan Avenue was obviously much narrower at the time the photo was taken. In the 1930s, all of the buildings on the south side of the street were demolished and the road was widened to its current horrifying nine-lane width.

To examine the circa 1880s photograph in full detail, click here.

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