The former Downtown Library branch of the Detroit Public Library. Now known as the Skillman Library after reopening recently. Originally built in 1931.
Gorgeous external reliefs by Corrado Parducci.
An unfortunate historic association has left this particular design a very shocking thing to see adorning buildings. An ancient archetypal symbol which spans many cultures, the Swastika is now a bone chilling echo of events that most of us would like to not be reminded of. They were a popular item in certain Deco designs, and many are used in architecture throughout Downtown Detroit. They also can be seen quite often on floor tiles in church buildings.
On a lighter note, I was chatting with the maintenance worker at Skillman, and he pointed out this crazy little fella walking across the lawn. Neither of us had seen such a bird in Detroit – or anywhere for that matter.
Anybody have a clue what this kiwi looking bird is ? ? Look at that beak ! He walked with a very slow waddle and was fairly unconcerned with our presence.