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Detroit: 1950's


Architecture

    In the 50's Detroit was considered the Paris of the west in regards to architecture. It was the home of some of the greatest pre-depression architecture. The immense amount of wealth that entrepreneurs accumulated in Detroit during the 20th century led to buildings popping up giving Detroit unique and magnificent structures. 
This gave Detroit an array of magnificent structures, illustrating the keen eye of architects who reshaped urban America between the 1890s and the Depression.



                             
     
(Photo by Lucas McGrail)
Fort Shelby Hotel

Fort Shelby was once thriving and beautifully designed hotel. When it opened it was a huge success. 
The investors were no doubt pleased to see it operated at near capacity. At one point it was the largest hotel in Detroit. When it was later decided to be a party hotel, it had suffered a considerable loss. Currently, the hotel is vacant.



                                     
                                                (Photo by Yves Marchard)
 
 
Michigan Central

 
Michigan Central was a thriving and beautifully designed 
train s
tation. With the increased popularity of the 
automobile, 
however, it's popularity slowly
decreased. 
In 1956 the company tried selling Michigan Central 
for $5,000,000, but there were no takers. 
Trains ran until the late 80's when Michigan Central closed.

Housing of the 50's

Detroit's mighty industrial engine was going strong. It filled America's roads with the nation's signifying product and the city's houses and streets with nearly 2 million people. During the 50's,  Detroit hit it's peak in population. Many suburbs had popped up all around the Detroit area housing the many people who worked in the automobile business. During this time period segregation in neighborhoods was commonly seen in Detroit as in others cities across the country. 






                            The average price of house was around $8,000. 













In some extreme cases, houses today in Detroit can cost as low as $50!
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