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Art Deco Lighthouse on Detroit’s Belle Isle

Molding Safari

I’m slow rolling my way around Detroit today on my bicycle, Pugslina. And out of all the historic architectural marvels I saw, this Art Deco lighthouse at the northern tip of Belle Isle–Detroit’s answer to Central Park–was the thing I wanted to share the most with you today.

During my short but scenic ride today, more than anything I was struck by the contrast between how we valued public buildings in the past by making them beutiful things to behold.

In contrast, any post-modern public building is not just an eyesore but a drain on the human spirit–it is bleak, industrial. Soulless. But that’s a topic for another day. Today is one of those perfect summer Michigan days, so I will revel in the good things.

That’s all I’ve got for now, just this architectural eye candy. I’m going to finish my beer here at Atwater Brewary and then roll back to Belle Isle along the Detroit River.


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