This is a shot of the Riverwalk in Windsor, Ontario. It was taken right before dawn. Cost me $17 in parking tickets, about $11 in bridge tolls, plus about an hour of detainment at the US border for no good reason other than I had a fancy camera. Fun trip and it was worth it.
Under the tracks at Michigan Central Station in Detroit. Once the tallest train station in the US, Michigan Central Station has been abandoned for some time now.
The Burton Memorial Tower is a clock tower located on Central Campus at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor at 230 South Ingalls Street. Housing a grand carillon, the tower was built in 1936 as a memorial for University President Marion Leroy Burton (presidency: 1920–1925). The grand carillon, one of only 23 in the world, is the world’s fourth heaviest, containing 55 bells and weighing a total of 43 tons (a grand carillon has a bourdon bell — the name given to the heaviest bell in a carillon and the one that sounds the hour — that weighs at least six tons, and can sound a low 'G'). The monument was constructed in 1935 and finished in 1936. It stands at 10 floors. It is located at the University of Michigan campus, and is used for housing education offices. The High-rise tower was designed in an interesting mixture of Art Deco and art moderne architectural styles, constructed with a reinforced concrete shell faced with limestone over a plan 42 feet (13 m) square. The design was greatly influenced by Eliel Saarinen, who had submitted an earlier scheme. At the top is the 43-ton, 55-bell Baird Carillon. The Burton Memorial Tower was designed by Albert Kahn, who also designed the William L. Clements Library, Angell Hall, and Hill Auditorium for the University of Michigan. Its carillon was donated by Michigan alumnus Charles A. Baird, a lawyer and the first U-M athletic director, and has been christened the "Charles Baird Carillon". Baird had the bells cast in England and gave them to the university. He also commissioned “Sunday Morning in Deep Waters”, the fountain on Ingalls Mall between Burton Tower and the Michigan League. After University of Michigan Regent Sarah Goddard Power committed suicide by jumping to her death from the eighth floor of Burton Tower in 1987, the structure was slightly modified, such as the addition of stops to prevent windows from opening more than a few inches.
An old broken down barn on the M24 Highway, north of Oxford, Michigan.
Taken in Oscoda, Michigan, near the shores of Lake Huron.
This is my little one trying to get out of the yard to play next door.
The Central United Methodist Church is a light gray, rock-faced, coursed ashlar, limestone, Gothic Revival-style church with dark stone trim built in 1866 to 1867. Central Methodist assumed its present size as a result of the 1935 remodelling necessitated by the widening of Woodward Avenue. Although it was reduced in length by the shortening of the nave several bays, the facade was reconstructed so as to be virtually identical to its original design. The gabled entrance elevation facing Woodward Avenue is balanced by a tall, buttressed, corner tower with open belfry and tapering slate spire. The doorway is inset within a compound, molded, Gothic arch. Dominating the facade is the over-sized, traceried, lancet-arched window over the doorway. Adjoining the rear of the church on Adams Street is the six-story, cross-gable-roofed, limestone parish house building built in 1914 to 1916. It is a Jacobean-style building with three-part windows, stone hood molds, gabled dormers, and a steeply pitched slate roof.The present Gothic Revival building is the seventh structure occupied by the Central United Methodist Congregation. Central Methodist is the oldest continuing Methodist church in Michigan. Organized as the First Methodist Episcopal Society on April 12, 1821, the society merged with the Congress Street Methodist Church when fire destroyed the latter's church in 1863. First Methodist sold its commercially valuable property at Woodward and State and purchased lots at Woodward and Adams where a frame chapel was erected in 1865. The present stone edifice was dedicated on November 17, 1867. A six-story parish house, constructed between 1914 and 1916, was designed by the Detroit architectural firm of Smith, Hinchman and Grylls. Considered the finest Methodist church in Michigan at the time of its construction, Central Methodist is highly significant as an example of a High Victorian, Gothic, auditorium church and as a major work of the prominent, nineteenth-century, Michigan church architect, Gordon W. Lloyd.
Here is the last shot I have of the 'famous guy'. He was trying to look mean in this shot. I prefer this one over the first, just wish that I was able to use a little faster shutter speed to eliminate the hand blur, but hey, it's not that bad for a 40 year old shooting at 1/25!!!
Detroit architect John Scott designed the building which stands 5 floors. Constructed from 1897 to 1902, it may be the nation's finest surviving example of Roman Baroque architecture, with a blend of Beaux-Arts and some elements of the neo-classical architectural style. The Wayne County Building is a lowrise government structure in Detroit, Michigan. This structure formerly contained the Wayne County administrative offices and its courthouse, but these were recently moved to the Guardian Building and Wayne County Building is now vacant and for sale. Materials - Copper, Granite, Stone Architect - John Scott Style - Neo-Classical, Roman Baroque Revival, Beaux-Arts Completed - 1902
Built in 1895 Architect - Harry J. Rill French Gothic
This is a repost with a correction - Ash pointed out a funky and unintentional non-leveled water line, and he was right. It was one of those things that keep driving me nuts, so I had to go back and fix it. This is the tallest building in Michigan topping out at 750 feet. Construction began in 1973 and was completed in 1981, though the majority of the structure was completed in 1977 when it became operation! The central tower is the tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere, at least according to my notes. The structured was originally financed by Ford Motor Company, but has been owned by General Motors since 2004. Architecturally the building is modern and was designed by John Portman.
The Wright-Kay Building, originally the Schwankovsky Temple of Music, is one of the oldest buildings in downtown Detroit, Michigan. It was completed in 1891, and sat on the growing fringe of Detroit's Woodward Ave. It is between Grand Circus Park and Campus Martius Park, at the corner of Woodward and John R. It was later used by the founders of Wright-Kay jewelry from 1920 to 1978. Its current use includes a nightclub on the first floor with offices and residential units above. The building was constructed for the F. J. Schwankovsky Company, a retailer of musical instruments. The second floor of the structure contains a one-time concert ballroom. The Schwankovsky Company went out of business several decades after the building opened. It is a Queen Anne style building with brick and brownstone trim. The corner turrets extend from the second to fifth floors. The building was erected using a cast iron frame and was the first in Detroit with an electrical elevator— a technology that facilitated the skyscraper.Built in 1891 and designed by architect Gordon Lloyd, the Wright Kay Building is notable in Detroit's design history for several reasons. It was built with a cast-iron frame, an evolutionary step between older masonry structures and modern steel-frame skyscrapers to come. It also sported one of the city's first electric elevators. And it was among the first tall buildings on Woodward Avenue.Architect - Gordon LloydQueen Anne Style of ArchitectureIn the United States, the so-called "Queen Anne style" is loosely used of a wide range of picturesque buildings with "free Renaissance" (non-Gothic Revival) details rather than of a specific formulaic style in its own right. "Queen Anne", as an alternative both to the French-derived Second Empire and the less "domestic" Beaux-Arts architecture, is broadly applied to architecture, furniture and decorative arts of the period 1880 to 1910; some "Queen Anne" architectural elements, such as the wraparound front porch, continued to be found into the 1920s.
I skipped over what I did in version 2 and started from version 1. Went into Silver Efex Pro and did some selective exposure to lighten up the building as well as add a little bit of structure while keeping the clouds pretty much alone. This version is more or less a combination of versions one and two.
This is a shot of Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. At some point there was a building in the foreground, currently there is a parking lot underground where the steel posts are.
Here is a color version and a profile view. These were manufactured in the US from 1937 until the mid-1940's. The ones sold in the US were green with red trim, and the ones sold in Canada were primarily red.
The Riverfront Towers Apartment building in downtown Detroit as viewed from across the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario.
View of Detroit from Windsor, Ontario
Kirk in the Hills
Took the kids to Greenfield Village!!
Thought that this was a fantastic old Church. It's located in Ann Arbor, MI.
Here's a shot of my 2 year old daughter. We were at the park and went for a walk down the trail to look for deer. I saw this heart painted on the path and thought - perfect time for a shot.
Took this shot while walking down Woodward Ave in Detroit. I can't remember exactly where I was, but I'm pretty sure the shot is the intersection of E. Grand River and Griswold.
This will be one of the last of the Kirk photo's. This church is only about 20 minutes from my home, but I never it existed until my cousin showed it to me one night. It was a long day of photography, I spent most of the afternoon until dark shooting St. Anne's Church, then I went to get my cousin so we could go shoot a band playing in Berkley, Michigan. My cousin began telling about this church and wanted to show it to me and when I finally saw it, I was unimpressed. It was a dark and rainy night and I was tired, but I did manage to make it back there a few weeks later and seeing the structure in the daylight was amazing!!