Designed and built 1904 by Albert Kahn. Pewabic green glazed tile throughout the interiors, with bold baroque carvings on the entryway pediment. Greeting you as you enter are Poseidon and sculptures of dolphins.
At the top we are presented with the yet-again painfully ironic emblem of the City of Detroit. Now even more painful with the reckless decision to gut the aquarium and close it after 101 years in operation.
According the the Mayor of Detroit, live on television in his own statements today – it costs nearly 4 million dollars per day to run Detroit. Shutting down the aquarium will save $450,000.00 per year. This means they are willing to sacrifice a 101 year old institution, the oldest of its kind in all of the Americas, to pay for a couple hours of one days operating costs.
Again, the emblem of The City of Detroit.
On the left is a woman who weeps inconsolably, with the city burning in ruins behind her. On the right is a woman trying to console the woman on the left, and behind her is a shining modern city that Detroit may one day have been. The left represents the present, and the right represents hope for the future. The latin inscription tells everything:
“We Shall Rise From The Ashes”
“We Hope for Better Things”
The emblem was created 200 years ago in 1805 after fire destroyed most of the original settlements of Detroit. And to this day we are still “hoping for better things”…
Close inspection reveals the immediate effects of mineral erosion. In this case caused by reckless application of salt on the pavement to melt ice.