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The Levi L. Barbour Memorial Fountain is a brainchild of celebrated sculptor Marshall Fredericks. This beautiful structure was Fredericks' entry for a competition where participants had to sculpt a memorial for Levi L. Barbour, a real estate baron then. The graceful wheeling gazelle depicted in the structure is the unique aspect of this masterpiece and it's sure to catch one's attention from afar. Additionally, four other animals, which are native to the state of Michigan are placed at the base of the structure and an expansive basin surrounds the dramatic memorial. The drama comes to life with water jets and one can only behold the artistic site in awe.
For those looking for a break from their urban surroundings, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory offers visitors a beautiful little slice of nature not easily found in Metro Detroit. One of Belle Isle Park's multiple attractions, this conservatory — first built in 1904 — spans over one acre (0.4 hectares) and features an 85 foot (25 meters) high dome. Five distinct sections house a diverse and colorful collection of tropical plants, flowers, cacti, fernery and more, making it an excellent destination for photographers. From the Japanese water garden to the outside sculpture garden, there is an ethereal magic flowing throughout these grounds, which is why it makes for a great day visit for couples, families or just solo-explorers looking for some quietude.
This gorgeous aquarium was built in 1904 by well-known architect, Albert Kahn. It was the oldest continuously open aquarium in the United States until 2005 when it was closed. Reopened in 2012, the aquarium has flourished with the help of various organizations that merged to become the Belle Isle Conservancy. Steeped in history, the Belle Isle Aquarium is housed in a beautiful Beaux Arts style building with a grand entrance that incorporates the Detroit emblem and two spitting fish in a stone façade. The viewing gallery offers large tanks teeming with aquatic life, a swordfish mosaic, and an arched ceiling adorned in sea foam glass tiles reminiscent of being underwater. Both saltwater and freshwater species are found here, most notably native fish from the Great Lakes area.
Known as the National Historic Site of Canada, The Francois Baby House has been witness to the War of 1812 and was used as the headquarters by both the American and British forces. Then owned by François Baby, a well-known local politician, the building is now home to Windsor's Community Museum. Articles relating to the history of the house are also exhibited here. If you want a glimpse of a slice of local history, then certainly visit the Francoise Baby House.
The Chrysler Theatre is located along the banks of the Detroit river in the St. Clair College of arts and is a hotspot for art and culture in the city. The theater offers entertainment for everyone, young and old and plays host to various music concerts, theater shows, stand-up comedy performances and entertainment shows for children. The theater is excellently designed ensuring that every seat in the house is exceptional. The venue also has an event space that's available on rent to host meetings, conferences, parties and wedding celebrations.
The Windsor's Community Museum traces the history of the community of Windsor. It is situated inside the François Baby House. The museum contains artifacts like photos, models and manuscripts that document the city's past. The museum also talks of the culture of the city along with its vast history. Artifacts relating to the War of 1812, the Rebellion of 1838, the Battle of Windsor are some of the more prominent displays. Educational programs and research facilities are also provided. If you want to know more about the city’s past, the Windsor’s Community Museum.