What are the most architecturally underrated buildings in Detroit?


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When Detroiters show off the city’s beautiful architecture, some of the same buildings seem to get all the attention. And without a doubt, the Fisher Building and the Guardian Building are two of the most beautiful buildings in the city, in the country, and in the world. We love the Penobscot building – an Art Deco gem. And the lobby of the David Whitney Building is one of the most breathtaking areas in the city.

This week we’re wondering which buildings in Detroit might be a little underestimated.

Is there a building in town that you particularly like that doesn’t get a lot of attention? Maybe a nice building off the beaten path? Maybe a building on Wayne State campus? Or a building that has seen better days and can withstand solid rehab so that it shines again? Or is it one of the downtown buildings that isn’t getting that much attention?

Share your thoughts in the comments below and / or photos if you have them. If we have enough ideas, we can put together a map.


Dusty Kennedy