The Fisher Building, Detroit


Location: The Fisher Building, Detroit, MI | Outfit: Skirt, Shirt c/o, Necklace & Earrings, Shoes (old, Similar), Nylons, Lipstick, Clutch (old, Similar), Brooch (vintage, love this)











This weekend I was able to spend some time in one of my family's favourite cities, Detroit, Michigan (you can read my Detroit City Guide here). One of the major draws to the city is the incredible architecture and this weekend Pure Detroit was hosting tours of the Fisher Building, a wonderful example of Art Deco architecture. The opportunity to see this building all decked out for the holidays was just the incentive we needed to hop in the car. Of course the building, and the tour itself, did not disappoint.

When the seven Fisher Brothers (that's right, seven of them!) decided to build a headquarters for their company (they provided the car body and frames to GM) their request to architect Albert Kahn was to make it an art piece, and did he ever succeed. There are over 50 different types of marble in the building, the chandeliers in the main hallway, which spans three stories high, each weight over 1000 pounds! When you enter off Grand Blvd. you pass under the Circa 1928 keystone in the archway. Throughout the building you can see many touches of the golden jazz age and speaking of gold the dome on the top of the building used to be covered in gold, hence the nickname "The Golden Tower". During World War II there were fears that because the gold was easily see from the sky that it would be a target for air attacks so some genius decided to cover it in asphalt and ruined the gold exterior. Once the restoration of the building started, the asphalt was removed revealing that the gold could not be saved. It has since been covered in green tiles but at night it illuminated to appear gold!

There are so many other great stories I could tell but why not just take the tour yourself! It's free and runs for approximately 45 minutes. Our tour guide was entertaining and informative. We learned so much about what was going on in Detroit from the late 1800's to the present day, all about the Fisher Brothers, and about the architect Albert Kahn and what influenced his designs for the building (one last fun fact, the Fisher Building was meant to be one of three connected buildings but the crash of '29 derailed that.

On to the outfit! I couldn't visit such a historic building, all decked out for the holidays and not dress up myself! While I wanted to be dressed up, I did want to be warm. It was awfully cold in Detroit over the weekend but my L.L.Bean plaid shirt kept me warm and comfortable. It's such an easy shirt to dress down (like I did here) or dress up with a pencil skirt and some pearls. You can never go wrong with plaid and pearls for holiday dressing! I wore my favourite red heels (unfortunately they are quite old and no longer for sale) but I will admit that maybe I should have worn walking shoes for the tour and changed into the heels just for photos. Oh well, live and learn. At least all I got a compliment on them from the Security team!

If you're in Detroit, or even nearby, I highly recommend you visit the Fisher Building for a tour. I want to thank Pure Detroit for putting on these tours. They are as entertaining as they are informative.

3 comments

  1. Fabulous! You're such a Detroit fan! I have never even been. The 4th photo with your hand on your hip on the balcony is perfect!

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    1. Well, we will just have to change that J! Detroit is only a three hour drive and you know you're always welcome on one of our road trips! Thanks for the compliment on the photo but I'll have to give the credit over to AMH. He's always full of ideas! xx

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  2. Great post but I was wondering if you could write a little more on this subject? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Thanks in advance! Law

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