There was a craft show thing at the newly renamed Fillmore Theatre last weekend, and thats cool and all. But I went to visit our old friend The State Theater / Palms Building. Its in decent shape, but I thought the Fillmore people would have put a few dollars into repairs and restoration. Doesnt look like it.

yet another gorgeous creation of Charlie Howard Crane.

No less ornate, but much less eclectic than the Fox Theatre, and not nearly as bizarre are the United Artists Theater.

FORBES – GRACE ME GUIDE

I wonder what that was all about ?

[nailhed adds:”the Forbes thing…that’s the crest badge of the Forbes Clan of Scotland. the motto translating of course, to “Grace is my Guide.” i guess somebody important in the State’s founding was named Forbes.’]

hey – its The Green Man ! He pops up quite often in ornate architecture.

Still a few remaining references to The State Theater here.

here is just one of the spots of water damage to the plaster work, left untended these small problems became an expensive cancer on these buildings.

Important to remember that all these places were movie houses, not theaters in the stage play sense as they are used today.

5 Responses to Live at the Fillmore

  • My grandfather, Joseph N. French, was an architect for Albert Kahn his entire career, I believe. He instilled a love of Detroits’ architecture with my mother who passed this love on to me. I left Detroit in 1986 but the beauty she was (as I remember her)still lives in my minds’ eye. We all age, our cities ourselves; it is not pretty yet it is a fact of life. As much as I loved the old skyscrapers I was a bigger fan of the majestic houses of Palmer Park, Indian Village and the like.

  • I will hit Garfield Blg asap SNWEB. Ever notice that Garfield is the only building that didnt get defaced when they widened Woodward ? I read that the company in charge of the expansion had its offices there and that spared the buildings facade. Dont know if thats true -and its more visible from the air – like from atop Donovan (when it was there) or the Macabees.

    Yeah, I just did a flurry of detail snapshots because I didnt bring in a tripod. It wasnt open for a tour, it was open for that craft show. I couldnt exactly tramp in the front door with a shitload of equipment. Hence all the flash snapshots etc.

    But then again, I am the snapshot king.

  • Great detail shots, Mr Funk! You got some stuff I never noticed, esp. the Forbes reference.

    Hey – if you have time…. check out the Garfield Bldg windows ;)

  • Keep in mind too that it’s owned by Chuck Forbes, so he might have commissioned or altered it in his name.

  • the Forbes thing…that’s the crest badge of the Forbes Clan of Scotland. the motto translating of course, to “Grace is my Guide.”

    i guess somebody important in the State’s founding was named Forbes.

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