The Hotel Pontchartrain on the corner of Fort and Woodward Ave., in the area known as "Cadillac Square". Built in 1907, torn down just 13 years later, in 1920!
I believe the belching smokestacks in the distance are from Ford's River Rouge plant.
Same area different angle
Those are not the Highland Park smoke stacks, the photo looks down Washington towards the Wayne County building.
In the above photo Woodward runs right to left, meaning the left is North the right is South.
The Soldiers and sailors monument has since been restored and moved south about 100 feet or so.
Wow, what a beautiful building that used to be. What a shame it was torn down. Wonder why, in such short time. Really curious as to what was the area with the 3 rows of windows in the top mansard roof.
What a beautiful bustling area that it USED to be. Yeh, I know it's coming back, but not with the ambiance of the early 1900's.
My grandfather use to drive a streetcar for Detroit and that's the first time I've seen a picture of one. Great photo and thanks for posting it.
So, those stacks are to the N. EAST roughly up the Detroit River towards Lake St.Clair.
The Rouge would be Southwest then, behind the vantage point of this picture. I wonder what factory that could have been then, or maybe it is the Detroit Edison power plant
The Mansard roofed 5 story addition was added in 1909 and included a 2 story ballroom, 4 private dining rooms (frequented by all the Detroit automakers) and 150 more rooms.
Those are not the Rouge or Highland Park. The Rouge was not built yet and it's location would be behind the back of the photographer (West) much farther away. Highland Park would be to the Photographers left (North) going up Woodward Ave and not in view. The building to the right of the Wayne County Building (with the stacks and smoke) is the Boydell Building. The Boydell Building was the original home of The Dodge Brothers machine shop.
I believe the Boydell Building (still exists) is at the corner of East Lafayette and Beaubien. That would be to the left of the Old County Building in the background.
This image shows the same area at about the same time in 1917, but looks more northerly along Woodward Avenue from Michigan Avenue, in front of Old City Hall (demolished ca. 1963).