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Aiw
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Post Number: 5191
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 65.92.101.177
Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 - 1:18 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here is today's P.D.J.
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Motorcitymayor2026
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Post Number: 295
Registered: 10-2005
Posted From: 71.10.63.140
Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 - 2:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Nice post AIW. I just love that building...Something about it stands out to me, cant figure it out
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Atl_runner
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Post Number: 1752
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 68.209.118.72
Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 - 2:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

In comparing the 1899 pic to recent pics.. in the 1899 pic, the Church looks like a perfect fit. In the recent pics, the lawn is gone or greatly diminished, and it just looks a bit out of place. One of the biggest mistakes that Detroit city planners made, was allowing roads to be built so wide as they encroach onto once decently landscaped property. I imagine this will correct itself over time. Roads do not need to be 5 lanes except on a limited basis.
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Ray1936
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Post Number: 163
Registered: 01-2005
Posted From: 207.200.116.134
Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 - 3:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Good PDJ as always. Love those 'then and now' comparisons!
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Lowell
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Post Number: 2101
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 66.167.58.137
Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 - 3:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This relates to this thread.
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Skamour
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Post Number: 216
Registered: 02-2004
Posted From: 69.136.145.142
Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 - 4:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

the only virgin on woodward
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Jjaba
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Post Number: 2913
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 192.220.139.25
Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 - 4:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Always good work Andrew. Yes, Woodward Ave. was quite the grande blvd. back so many yrs. ago. Then, with autos, the arterials were widened for express traffic. Before the expressways in the 1950s, these were the principal streets.

Remember, 2nd and 3rd, Brush and John R were one-way couplets which carried even more Woodward Ave. N/S traffic. Woodward today could be reduced quite a bit.
jjaba
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Douglasm
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Post Number: 457
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Posted From: 66.189.188.28
Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 - 4:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Observation.....
.....how come old churches (and Catholic churches in perticular) look like old train stations? This one reminds me of a shrunken version of Chicago's Grand Central Station.....
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Crew
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Post Number: 779
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Posted From: 146.9.52.76
Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 - 4:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

....or a better question. How come old train station look like old Catholic churches? Which came first, the station or the church?
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Jjaba
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Post Number: 2915
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Posted From: 192.220.139.25
Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 - 4:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Romanesque revival was used for train stations, courthouses, hotels, office blocks, and churches. HH Richardson got around, round, get around.

jjaba on the Westside.
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Lmichigan
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Post Number: 2865
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 67.172.95.197
Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 - 5:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I love it. I just wish it were twice the size, and twice as tall.
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Mccarch
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Post Number: 58
Registered: 12-2003
Posted From: 67.37.83.93
Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 - 7:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It wasn't originally a Catholic church, but an Episcopal church. The congregation that built it, St. Joseph's Episcopal, merged with St. Matthew's Episcopal, and moved about a mile further out Woodward - to the still extant and still active Ss. Matthew & Joseph Episcopal church.
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Jjaba
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Post Number: 2919
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Posted From: 192.220.139.6
Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 3:58 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks. Mccarch. Nice tidbit of trivia for the people.
jjaba, Westsider.
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Marcnbyr
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Post Number: 617
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 68.43.13.13
Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 4:23 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Does anyone know when or why the top turret was shortened and the pyramid with the statue was added to it? I actually like it better in the 1899 picture.
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Andrew69
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Post Number: 1
Registered: 12-2005
Posted From: 24.180.123.212
Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 11:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hmm..I didn't notice that the turret had been shortened until Marcnbyr brought it up.

Although the "pyramid" isn't really contiguous with the original styling of the church, I think it sets the church apart. Before I saw all of the gold, my first thought was that it was one of the other churches in the downtown area. In a way it's an identifying feature and makes it unique.
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623kraw
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Post Number: 729
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 68.41.224.200
Posted on Friday, December 30, 2005 - 7:23 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Nice shots Andrew - is that part of the "Heaven Hill" area?

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