not all those who wander are lost

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.

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.


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.

2 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.

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

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