Detroit Tour Connections
- Guided tours of Detroit since 2004 -
MONDAY 6PM WALKING TOURS / 2017 SCHEDULE:
Meet shortly before 6 PM outside of Ashe Supply Co (a nice cafe) located at 1555 Broadway.
Reservations only required for groups of 5 or more people. If you want to let us know that you plan to attend a particular tour, you can call 313-283-4332, send a text to that number, or send an email to (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The cost for each tour is only $12.50 per person -- and our schedule of Monday 6 PM Walking Tours for the May-September, 2017 tour season is as follows:
Date: Name of the tour: General Themes
May 01 Animals on Downtown Buildings Art, Architecture, History
May 08 Downtown Places with "Pewabics" Art, Architecture, History
May 15 Brush Park Neighborhood Tour Architecture, History, Renewal
May 22 Downtown Courts, Cops and Lawyers Courts, Cops and Lawyers
May 29 Downtown Sculptures, Fountains & Murals Art, History, New Downtown Murals
June 05 Historic Churches & 19th-Century Downtown Bldgs. Architecture, Churches, History
June 12 Empty Buildings in Downtown Detroit Architecture, Decline, Renewal
June 19 Historic Hotels & New Downtown Hotels Architecture, Decline, Renewal
June 26 Dan Gilbert's Major Downtown Impact Architecture, Renewal
July 03 Coney Dogs - Detroit's Delicious Dogs Coneys, Places That Serve Coneys
July 10 Nudes (lots of them!) in our Public Art Art, Nudes and Topless Figures, History
July 17 Brush Park Neighborhood Tour Architecture, History, Renewal
July 24 Downtown Photography Tour (bring cameras) Art, Architecture, Photo Opportunities
July 31 Downtown Places with "Pewabics" Art, Architecture, History
Aug 07 Historic Churches & 19th-Century Downtown Bldgs. Architecture, Churches, History
Aug 14 Empty Buildings in Downtown Detroit Architecture, Decline, Renewal
Aug 21 Historic Hotels and New Downtown Hotels Architecture, Decline, Renewal
Aug 28 Dan Gilbert's Major Downtown Impact Architecture, Renewal
Sept 04 Historic Churches & 19th-Century Downtown Bldgs. Architecture, Churches, History
Sept 11 Empty Bldgs in Downtown Detroit Architecture, Decline, Renewal
Sept 18 Historic Hotels and New Downtown Hotels Architecture, Decline, Renewal
Sept 25 Dan Gilbert's Major Downtown Impact Architecture, Renewal
Tour Descriptions (for more info call 313-283-4332)
Animals on Downtown Buildings -- offered only on May 1:
Many downtown buildings are decorated with lions or eagles -- while others are decorated with beehives, bulls, bears, tigers, whales, sheep, and more.
This is a really fun tour that points out the wide variety animals that you probably never noticed, especially on buildings from the 1910s and 1920s.
Downtown Places with "Pewabics" -- offered May 8 and July 31:
Pewabic Pottery has been in Detroit for more than a century. We will see their tiles and their artwork on older places including the National Theater and Guardian Building, and newer places like a few People Mover Stations, Comerica Park and the Compuware Building. This tour also offers background
information about Pewabic Pottery and its co-founder Mary Stratton.
Brush Park Neighborhood Tour -- offered May 15 and July 17:
Just outside of downtown is this intriguing area. It includes the Ransom Gillis home (renovated by Nicole Curtis) and other exquisite homes from the 1870s-1890s. There's also Woodward Place, the Garden Lofts, the Scott, and a lot of new residential construction underway including City Modern.
And we cover other interesting places in Brush Park. We may even ride the Q-LINE during this tour.
Downtown Courts, Cops and Lawyers -- offered only on May 22:
This interesting tour includes many prominent downtown buildings. There's the old Wayne County Courthouse completed in 1902, the Federal Court built in the 1940s, the Circuit Court built in the '50s, and the criminal courthouse built in the '70s. Plus downtown law firms occupy skyscrapers ranging from the Ford Building of 1909 to the RenCen and Ally Detroit Center (formerly Comerica Tower). And there's the former police HQ, current jail and "fail jail."
Downtown Fountains, Murals and Sculptures -- offered only on May 29:
There's Dodge Fountain, Woodward Fountain, Edison Fountain, Alger Fountain and the water feature in the Compuware Building. There's the huge mural of whales, and a bunch of cool new murals that Dan Gilbert has paid for. And there are plenty of statues and sculptures to see and learn about -- like the the Spirit of Detroit, the Fist, the naked ballerina, the Labor Monument, the Underground Railroad Memorial, statues of Colombus, Maybury, Pingree ...
Historic Churches & 19th Century Buildings -- offered on June 5, August 7, and September 4:
Without going inside any of them, we can usually cover 10 historic downtown churches, most of which were built in the 1800s. They include St. Mary's, Second Baptist, Holy Family, Fort Street Presbyterian, St. Aloysius, St. John's, Mariner's Church, and Central United Methodist. Good info about them, and some photos showing their interiors or stained glass windows. We also see a variety of other nice downtown buildings from the mid- to late-1800s.
Empty Buildings in Downtown Detroit -- offered on June 12, August 14, and September 11:
There still are plenty of impressive buildings in downtown Detroit that are closed, empty and standing idle. The list includes the Old Wayne County Bldg, National Theater, Michigan Theater (now used for parking), United Artist Bldg, Book Tower, Free Press Building, Park Avenue Bldg, Detroit Life Building, Metropolitan Building, Farwell Building, the Moose Lodge and several others.
Historic Hotels and New Downtown Hotels -- offered on June 19, August 21, and September 18:
On the more historic side of things, we cover the Book-Cadillac, Milner, Briggs, Royal Palms, Statler, Tuller, Wolverine, Leland and Pontchartrain Hotels -- most of which are still standing. Newer downtown hotels include the Westin, Doubletree, and A-Loft. And soon there will new hotels in four buildings that have been vacant for years -- in the Wurlitzer and Metropolitan Buildings, in the old Fire Department HQ, and the new "Shinola" hotel right on Woodward.
Dan Gilbert's Major Downtown Impact -- offered on June 26, August 28, and September 25:
There is no doubt that Quicken Loans owner Dan Gilbert has been a man on a mission -- to revitalize downtown. We will get a sense just how many key downtown properties he controls, from the retail district and Hudson's Block, to many of the skyscrapers that surround Campus Martius Park, and we'll see the new stores, new restaurants and new murals that have been changing the experience of visiting downtown Detroit and of working or living there.
Coney Dogs -- Detroit's Delicious Dogs -- offered only on July 3:
This tour has all the background info you could want on coney dogs and places that sell them. Sure, we cover American and Lafayette Coney Island, and we even get a coney dog at American (included in the price of the tour). But we also see other downtown places selling coneys, we discuss big chains like Leo's, National and Kerby's, and the old time places like Duly's and Coney King, and even see where coney dogs are being sold around the nation.
FYI -- American Coney Island started in 1917, so this year is their hundredth anniversary or hundred birthday. Congrats to the gang at American!!!
Nudes (lots of them!) in our Public Art -- offered only on July 10:
The "Spirit of Detroit" is a nude (with a loincloth) and there's the nude ballerina nearby, and the naked indian holding a canoe over his head. There's also a nude version of a young Frank Murphy (really) outside the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice. Nudes on the Book Building. A bunch of nudes outside of the headquarters of Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Michigan. Nudes and topless people in other places too. This fun will "disclose the dis-clothed" public art of downtown Detroit, and discuss other prominent examples around the metro area. It's a fun tour -- and it's art!
Downtown Photography Tour (bring cameras) -- offered only on July 24:
Our downtown buildings, sculptures, murals and fountains offer some great photo opportunities. Bring your camera. We will walk around downtown and stop at various places, and see photos taken from those spots by professional photographers, where they captured a cool combinations of buildings, or a good angles, etc. You'll have a chance to take photos in those same spots -- and you (and your friends) will definitely love your photos from this tour.
Detroit Tour Connections:
Phone / cell number: (313) 283-4332
Mail: 615 Griswold Street #1625, Detroit, MI 48226