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Observant2art
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Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 6:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Remember the Christmas carnival inside Cobo Hall, it was fun and of course the children loved it. I remember going as a child and I am concerned. It would have been nice to take a couple of children that I know there. For many years it was in operation, does anyone have an idea why it was stopped and the history of it? (I'm assuming budget problems or could it be something else).
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Ndavies
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Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 6:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think it was actually cut to allow added setup time for the Autoshow.
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Observant2art
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Ndavies, do you believe that the cut was selfish due to the happiness of children?

(Message edited by observant2art on December 19, 2005)
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Susanarosa
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Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 6:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wasn't it moved to Novi?
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Observant2art
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I'm not sure, never heard any info about it.
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Hornwrecker
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Yep, moved to Novi.
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Observant2art
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So they needed more time to set up for the Auto show, yeah okay! But what does the children of Detroit have to look forward to in Detroit for their holiday spirit? Some Detroiters do not have transportation to go to Novi and it was so much easier to catch the bus Downtown and back home. We really do not have much to look forward to here in Detroit, especially when you want to make a child happy
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Oldredfordette
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Who remembers when it was at the Rotunda?
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Observant2art
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Was it really and how long did that last?
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Ddaydave
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I`m surprised no one has booked cobo during superbowl weekend ..a lot of out of towners looking for fun that weekend ..hell kid rock sold out in 3 minutes @ the joe and even the old tiger staduim is booked
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Everydayislikesunday
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isnt cobo hosting super bowl sponsored events that entire week?
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Ddaydave
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yes you are right Everydayislikesunday I was thinking cobo arena
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Oldredfordette
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http://info.detnews.com/histor y/story/index.cfm?id=188&categ ory=locations
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Gistok
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Thanks Oldredfordette!

I hate to date myself, but I was a mere sapling when my parents took us 3 kids to the Ford Rotunda Christmas display. I thought it was later (1963 or 1964), but alas, it had to have been 1961. I don't remember too much, but I do remember how impressive it was.

Wasn't it designed by Albert Kahn? The article doesn't mention the architect. But Kahn had done several World's Fair buildings.

A sad loss indeed....
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Urban_shocker
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Are you guys talking about the Festival of Trees?
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Gistok
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Yep, and also the Ford Rotunda.
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Jams
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Thanks Oldredfordette!

When I came home that day and heard it had burned down, I cried, I was absolutely sure there would be no Christmas again.

Cobo's was OK, but it never replaced the awe I felt as I entered the Rotunda's fantasy-land.
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Jiminnm
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The Ford Rotunda burned down Nov. 9, 1962. Alas, that was the year my parents promised to take me there for Christmas.
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Hornwrecker
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Christmas Carnival at Cobo

Ford Rotunda Photos
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Dodgemain
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I was at the Rotunda the day before it burned. I was a little kid. There was a bar called Icebergs on Greenfield and Paul that had a picture theme of that fire on its walls. It was facinating.
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Bongman
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I seem to recall a large snowman that had a twisting slide inside for kids....am I dreaming ?
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Wkl
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No your not dreaming Bongman - I remember that too. Although my partents took us to the Rotunda, I don't have any clear memories of it. We used go down to Hudson's to look at the Christmas widnows and do our shopping up in kid's land and then head over to Cobo.
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Downtown_dave
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My parents used to take us on the bus from Dearborn to downtown Detroit to see the Christmas lights, Hudson's windows and, of course, the 12th floor toyland and walk-through Christmas displays. But we ALWAYS visited Santa at the Rotunda. Remember the big rotating world globe? The Goodfellow Dolls display? The animated, hand-carved miniature 3-ring circus? The nighttime, blue-lit life-size Nativity? How about the Disney cartoons in the theater? (Ranger Smith and the Yellowstone Bears!) Wee Willy Winkie and other animated nursery rhyme scenes? And of course Santa -- at the top of a long carpeted ramp. Seems like we always got a comic book and candy cane from him, then went home certain he would remember our Christmas wishes.

Then the fire, started accidently by workmen using hot tar during reroofing. It put an end to a building that began as a 1933 World's Fair exhibit in Chicago -- and ended in the memories of everyone who ever stepped inside.

Dodgemain, the Dearborn bar where you saw those photos is/was called the Ice House. Not sure if it's there anymore.
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Citylover
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I think Buckminster Fuller designed the Rotunda for the worlds fair Gistock
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Jams
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Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 8:39 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

CL,
Check out Oldredfordette's link, Fuller only designed the roof dome.

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