not all those who wander are lost

This week I will be detailing exteriors and interiors from the fantastic Fisher Building on West Grand Boulevard in Detroits New Center area 3 miles north of Downtown.

In my opinion, the Fisher Building is one of the most spectacular buildings ever created. It stands up against the Chrysler Buidling in New York, and holds its own against the classics of Europe. For Art Deco, it is perhaps the finest structure on the face of the earth.

It is an Albert Kahn masterwork, created in pre-Depression Detroit with an almost unlimited materials budget. Mr. Kahn was given full artistic control of the project. A rare series of events for architecture. The results are nothing less than mind blowing and spine tingling.

I could spend months documenting all the details inside and outside of this place, it almost hurts my head how much attention to detail there is here. Everywhere I look I notice new things, everytime I go I see it in a new light. Its as if the Sistine Chapel was on your street corner and you could go in any time.

Todays post is a collection of shots and extreme blow ups of the downspout and facade statuary on the exteriors of the structure. I tried to get some kind of shot of each one of them. Some of these photos are pretty sketchy – but I wanted people to take note of all the creatures that adorn this skyscraper.

These guys hold up large window ledge details.

The elephants are among my favorites..


Sea creature

Ram head

7 Responses to Fisher Building pt.1

  • Hey Charles – I didnt realise that Mitch broadcasted from the Golden Towers of the Fisher. I do listen to his show quite often though.

    Yeah, I dont know about keeping the site “underground” after the NPR interview went all over North America and parts of Europe.

  • Maybe you’ll wanna forward a link to this series to Mitch Albom, get your site a plug on the radio for shooting his building, well not really his.

    I was going to do it but then I thought you’d might want to keep the site on the underground. Hmm.

  • Wow-you scared me for a minute! When I saw the first picture I was afraid that you were showing the next building scheduled for demolition. Thankfully I was wrong.
    I had never seen all of the detail. Thank you.

  • I truly love this building too. I remember as a child waiting for the bus in the windiest part of the city. I grew up on Philidelphia between 2nd and 3rd so that particular building does and always has intrigued me.


  • I agree Funkster, one of the best anywhere…. However I also class the Guardian as one of the finest in the world as well… We are truly blessed to have these architectural wonders.

    Now imagine if the entire
    Fisher Complex had been built. This was only 1/3 of the project… Crazy!

  • Is the concourse that ran between the Fisher and the old GM still functioning? It used to have a camera shop, a barber shop, beauty shop, etc., The things that the workforce of the two buildings needed.

  • cool! thanks for sharing these pix! this building has a special place in my heart because I see it from my window every single day!