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The hub of all things cultural in Detroit, the Cultural Center Historic District in the city encompasses three sites which are the most famous historic landmarks of the city: Detroit Public Library, Horace H. Rackham Education Memorial Building and Detroit institute of Arts. The area of the Cultural Center has many different museums about topics very important to Detroit. This historical place is a must visit for all visitors to the city.
The Compuware Atrium, housed within the Compuware Corporation Headquarters is often used as an event venue for a large audience. In the past it has played host to many live band performances and corporate parties.The building also features a restaurant, making it even more convenient.
This charming urban oasis is tucked away in the downtown area of Detroit. Lafayette Greens is an urban garden which offers a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, with manicured lawns, vegetable gardens, an abundance of flowers, art sculptures and even patio seating with umbrellas. A sensory garden, it encourages visitors to touch, smell and feel the different variety of plants including exotic varieties like lavender. Best of all, the produce grown here is all donated to a local food bank.
This art deco office high rise has been a permanent part of the city's skyline since 1929. Soaring at 437 feet (133.1 meters), David Stott Building is named after the owner of the Stott Realty Company. This splendid skyscraper has been long vacant as is the case with many other structures. It is undergoing a huge renovation and will be a mixed used structure. You can see a glimpse of this beauty from Windsor across the river.
This gigantic concrete expanse at the foot of Woodward Avenue stretches from Jefferson Avenue to the Detroit River. Designed in the 1960s as a civic space by Isamu Noguchi, it includes his unusual twisted spire and fountain. The plaza has a stage and amphitheater and is used for riverfront festivals on summer weekends, the Detroit Jazz Festival, and ice skating in winter. Hart Plaza provides access to a riverfront walkway; it's a favorite spot for fishing and it has a beautiful view of Canada across the river.
Dating to the 1840s, Mariners' Church of Detroit was modeled after seamen's chapels on the East Coast of the United States. The Gothic structure has services on Sunday morning and at noon on Thursdays. It is often the site of funerals of Detroit civic notables. The church's mission is to serve Great Lakes sailors and their families, and nautical images festoon the interior. Bells toll whenever a life is lost on the lakes. They most famously rang 29 times in November 1975 with the sinking of an ore ship in Lake Superior, an event immortalized in the popular Gordon Lightfoot song "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." Come by to offer your prayers or to be simply enchanted by this mystic place.