DETROIT ECLECTIC - Art + Design ... Old and New

9 stops · 8 hrs by Driving
Created by Jody Levy

Detroit through the lens of a rich cultural and design history. See the spots that continue to inspire children of all ages.

1

Rivera Court at the DIA

5200 Woodward Ave Detroit, Michigan 48202

One of the oldest and grandest art institutions in America, The Detroit Institute of Arts was created during the city’s boom. In 1932 Diego Rivera (and Frida Kahlo) were invited to Detroit to create the grand murals in Rivera Court, a four-walled masterpiece depicting the industrial revolution, the automotive industry, and the soul of American at the time. This masterpiece is set in a courtyard with natural light spilling in from the glass ceiling. It is an amazing depiction of the revolution that took place in 1930's Detroit.

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0.5 mi from Rivera Court at the DIA to MOCAD
Head southeast toward John R St/Midtown Loop (102 ft)
Turn right onto John R St/Midtown Loop (0.1 mi)
Turn right onto E Warren Ave (0.1 mi)
Turn left onto Woodward Ave
Destination will be on the left
(0.2 mi)

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MOCAD

4454 Woodward Ave

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit features international contemporary art exhibits and evening events such as poetry readings, film screening and live music. It's a great stop along your way south on Woodward Avenue.

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1.3 mi from MOCAD to Hot Taco
Head southeast on Woodward Ave toward Garfield St (1.1 mi)
Continue straight to stay on Woodward Ave (499 ft)
Turn right onto W Montcalm St (0.1 mi)
Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Park Ave
Destination will be on the right
(89 ft)

3

Hot Taco

2233 park ave.

For a quick bite to eat stop at Hot Taco. This tiny hip Taqueria serves up delicious tacos and burritos in a cool and colorful setting.

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0.3 mi from Hot Taco to The Michigan Theater - Ruin Porn
Head southeast on Park Ave toward W Columbia St (0.2 mi)
Turn right onto Bagley Ave (443 ft)
Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Clifford St (230 ft)
Turn left onto Middle St (105 ft)

4

The Michigan Theater - Ruin Porn

220 Bagley St., Detroit, MI

On your drive south, pass the old Michigan Theater that was gutted and turned into a parking garage. The ornate ceilings and faded walls have been left in tact.

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5.2 mi from The Michigan Theater - Ruin Porn to Belle Isle Conservatory
Head southwest on Middle St toward Cass Ave (292 ft)
Turn right onto Cass Ave (0.3 mi)
Turn right onto W Fisher Service Dr (358 ft)
Slight left onto the Interstate 75 N ramp (0.1 mi)
Merge onto I-75 N (0.2 mi)
Take exit 51C for Interstate 75 N/Interstate 375 S toward Flint/Downtown (0.2 mi)
Keep right at the fork to stay on Exit 51C, follow signs for I-375 S/Down Town and merge onto I-375 S (0.6 mi)
Take the exit toward Jefferson Ave E (0.1 mi)
Merge onto Chrysler Service Dr (180 ft)
Turn left onto Larned St (1.6 mi)
Turn right onto Mt Elliott St (285 ft)
Turn left onto E Jefferson Ave (0.4 mi)
Slight right toward E Grand Blvd (0.1 mi)
Slight right onto E Grand Blvd (0.5 mi)
Continue onto Sunset Dr (0.2 mi)
Turn left onto Casino Way (0.1 mi)
Continue straight onto Central Ave (0.5 mi)
Turn right onto Inselruhe Ave (302 ft)

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Belle Isle Conservatory

7000 Inselruhe, Belle Isle

The conservatory at Belle Isle is an oasis in the city. Built in 1904 this amazing botanical garden and conservatory is filled with plants of all kinds. The succulent room is majestic, with a giant cactus tree in the center of the space with outstretched arms in all directions. This is a great place to visit in the summer as well as a break from the winter white. Open Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 5 pm.

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20.2 mi from Belle Isle Conservatory to Cranbrook Campus and The Cranbrook Academy of Art + Museum
Head northwest on Inselruhe Ave toward Central Ave (0.2 mi)
Turn left onto Riverbank Dr (0.4 mi)
Slight right onto Picnic Way (0.6 mi)
Picnic Way turns slightly right and becomes E Grand Blvd (0.1 mi)
Turn left onto E Jefferson Ave (2.0 mi)
Turn right onto Chrysler Dr (0.1 mi)
Take the ramp on the left onto I-375 N (0.9 mi)
Continue onto I-75 N (9.8 mi)
Take exit 61 to merge onto I-696 W toward Lansing (1.7 mi)
Take exit 16 toward Woodward Ave/Main St/Detroit Zoo (0.2 mi)
Merge onto W 10 Mile Rd (0.1 mi)
Turn right onto Woodward Ave (4.0 mi)
Make a U-turn (105 ft)

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Cranbrook Campus and The Cranbrook Academy of Art + Museum

39221 Woodward Avenue

From the conservatory you will drive 25 minutes north out of the city to Cranbrook Campus. Founded by newspaper maven, George Booth in 1904, the original campus was designed by renown architect Eliel Saarinen and has continued to grow ever since. The campus is filled with architectural features from international superstars such as Albert Kahn, Rafael Moneo, Steven Holl, Todd Williams and many more. The grounds are a great place for a walk outside where the trails lead through lush gardens, past incredible sculptures, and in and out of secret nooks and crannies. The Art Academy and the Art Museum is a place to explore international art and design, often linked to the rich heritage of Cranbrook history and alumni. Some of the most significant design icons have studied at the academy including Charles and Ray Eames, Harry Bertoia, Eero Saarinen to name a select few. Other features on campus include The Institute of Science, a natatorium, Christ Church, educational facilities from k-12 and the graduate Art Academy.

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4.2 mi from Cranbrook Campus and The Cranbrook Academy of Art + Museum to Detroit Zoo - Arctic Ring of Life
Head southeast on Woodward Ave (3.6 mi)
Slight right to stay on Woodward Ave (0.3 mi)
Slight right toward W 10 Mile Rd (489 ft)
Turn right at the 1st cross street onto W 10 Mile Rd (0.1 mi)
Turn right (167 ft)
Turn left
Destination will be on the right
(89 ft)

7

Detroit Zoo - Arctic Ring of Life

8450 West 10 Mile Road Royal Oak, MI

On your way south back to the city, stop off at the Detroit Zoo. With 125 natural acres, this zoo is a special place. The first zoo in this location opened in the 1920's and has been growing ever since. The grounds and animal enclosures are state of the art. The polar bear exhibit, The Arctic Rig Of Life, is an exceptional design and an awe-inspiring experience. Visitors can walk beneath the water where the Polar bears play and feel as if they are sharing space.

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14.0 mi from Detroit Zoo - Arctic Ring of Life to Cliff Bells
Head east (89 ft)
Turn right toward W 10 Mile Rd (167 ft)
Turn right onto W 10 Mile Rd (46 ft)
Keep right to stay on W 10 Mile Rd (0.3 mi)
Turn left toward W 10 Mile Rd (295 ft)
Turn left onto W 10 Mile Rd (0.6 mi)
Take the ramp on the left onto I-696 E (1.3 mi)
Take exit 18 to merge onto I-75 S toward Detroit (10.3 mi)
Take the Interstate 75 exit toward Toledo (0.6 mi)
Merge onto I-75 S (0.3 mi)
Take exit 50 toward Gd River Ave (0.1 mi)
Keep left at the fork and merge onto W Fisher Service Dr (0.3 mi)
Turn right onto Park Ave
Destination will be on the left
(0.2 mi)

8

Cliff Bells

2030 Park Ave

The founder of Cliff Bells had a deep legacy stemming from the late 1800's operating Detroit saloons and speakeasies during prohibition. In the 1930's the space that is now Cliff Bells was created. Set in a historic Albert Kahn building on Park, this jazz club was opened through the mid 1980's and reopened in 2005 restored to it's original condition. Now Cliff Bells is a great place to hear all types of live music and most nights the stage is filled with the cities most renowned players. The food is delicious.

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2.8 mi from Cliff Bells to Chene Park Amphitheater
Head southeast on Park Ave toward W Adams Ave (197 ft)
Turn right onto W Adams Ave (433 ft)
Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Clifford St (0.2 mi)
Turn right onto W Fisher Service Dr (161 ft)
Slight left onto the Interstate 75 N ramp (0.1 mi)
Merge onto I-75 N (0.2 mi)
Take exit 51C for Interstate 75 N/Interstate 375 S toward Flint/Downtown (0.2 mi)
Keep right at the fork to stay on Exit 51C, follow signs for I-375 S/Down Town and merge onto I-375 S (0.6 mi)
Take the exit toward Jefferson Ave E (0.1 mi)
Merge onto Chrysler Service Dr (0.1 mi)
Turn left onto E Jefferson Ave (0.7 mi)
Turn right onto Dubois St (0.2 mi)
Turn left onto Atwater St
Destination will be on the right
(0.1 mi)

9

Chene Park Amphitheater

2600 Atwater Street

During the summer months a concert at Chene Park is a great experience. The amphitheater is set on the Detroit River. Concerts pare scheduled from June - August.

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