HistoricDetroit.org is creating research and stories about Detroit's historic architecture.
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HistoricDetroit.org is Detroit’s place to learn the stories behind the city’s historic places and for photographers, historians and others to share their love, images, memories and more about its landmarks. Every building has a story -- we're here to share it. 

This is a nonprofit website founded in June 2011 by Dan Austin, author of three books on Detroit's architectural history and a former Detroit Free Press journalist. It has been, to this point, 100% funded out of his pocket. All web development and hosting costs, acquisition costs and subscriptions for database and historical research add up over the years, and now he needs your help to keep it going! We average 18,000 to 20,000 visitors each month; if just a fraction of them would help support us, we can keep going.

D.A. pores over microfilm, old newspaper articles and dusty old books to bring you the most accurate histories of the Motor City's built environment. The website hosts photos from a number of sources and photographers, as well as the largest online collection of vintage Detroit postcards.

We also host other writers' and photographers' work, and all are encouraged to share their photos and stories. All contributors maintain full rights of and receive full credit on their submissions and can remove them at any time.

All Patreon donors will be thanked and listed on the website.

Contact us at [email protected].
Tiers
Vintage Belle Isle postcard
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
We'll send you an authentic Belle Isle postcard from 1900-1940. Because of volume, we cannot guarantee a location, but it will be of a prominent location (Scott Fountain, Douglas MacArthur Bridge, Belle Isle Aquarium, etc.). Minimum donation of six months.
Vintage Hotel Tuller matchbook
$2 or more per month 1 patrons (sold out!)
Authentic 1940s or '50s matchbook from the Hotel Tuller, a legendary Detroit hotel on Grand Circus Park opened in 1906, closed in 1976 and torn down in 1991. Features swanky design and beautiful artwork. Matches were removed. Dollar amount includes cost of shipping. Minimum donation of five months.
Authentic key and fob from Hotel Tuller
$5 or more per month 1 patrons (sold out!)
Get an authentic room key and key fob from the Hotel Tuller, a storied Detroit hotel that once stood on Grand Circus Park. It closed in 1976 and was demolished in 1991. First come, first served! Minimum donation of one year. 
5 real Michigan Central Station tickets
$5 or more per month 7 of 19 patrons
Own a piece of Detroit history with five authentic train tickets from Michigan Central Station. These are stamped on the back from 1915-1923 and were found inside the train station back in the 1990s. Please note that many of the tickets we have left are to Chicago, so you might receive duplicates. Minimum three months of donations.
Metal City of Detroit flag pin
$6 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
The City of Detroit's beautiful flag on this beautiful metal pin. Courtesy of City Bird. Minimum donation of five months.
Authentic brick from Guardian Building
$7 or more per month 1 of 15 patrons
When Wayne County replaced a bunch of the exterior bricks on the Guardian Building, we snatched up some to offer as rewards. These will come with certificates of authenticity. Please note that your donation includes $15 in shipping and handling. Bricks are heavy. Minimum gift of 10 months. These are limited! 
Vintage Vernors wooden crate
$10 or more per month 1 patrons (sold out!)
Genuine wooden crate emblazoned with the Vernors logo. These in-demand vintage pieces look awesome. Please note the high donation amount includes the high cost of shipping these.  Minimum donation of one year.
Signed copy of "Greetings from Detroit"
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
This book features more than 230 historic Detroit postcards in full color with in-depth information on each. Minimum four months of donations.
Signed "Forgotten Landmarks of Detroit"
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
This book tells the tales behind 15 landmarks that have disappeared from Detroit's skyline. Features more than 100 photos of a different Detroit - a Detroit that many have never seen.  Minimum four months of donations. 
A vintage Detroit postcard each month!
$10 or more per month 5 patrons
Give us $10 a month, and each month we will send you an original Detroit postcard from 1900-1950s! Many are postmarked with great stories from the Motor City of olden times. Each month you trip to the mailbox will be like a trip into Detroit's past! Not only that, it will help you build your own vintage Detroit postcard collection! Buildings and scenes vary, but we'll make sure you get some good ones! 
Life jacket from Boblo boat Columbia
$12 or more per month 1 of 5 patrons
Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream with this authentic life jacket from the Boblo boat Columbia. ... Actually, don't because these jackets are pretty old and won't pass Coast Guard muster. Donation amount includes cost of shipping, which is not cheap given its size. Minimum donation of one year.
HistoricDetroit.org is Detroit’s place to learn the stories behind the city’s historic places and for photographers, historians and others to share their love, images, memories and more about its landmarks. Every building has a story -- we're here to share it. 

This is a nonprofit website founded in June 2011 by Dan Austin, author of three books on Detroit's architectural history and a former Detroit Free Press journalist. It has been, to this point, 100% funded out of his pocket. All web development and hosting costs, acquisition costs and subscriptions for database and historical research add up over the years, and now he needs your help to keep it going! We average 18,000 to 20,000 visitors each month; if just a fraction of them would help support us, we can keep going.

D.A. pores over microfilm, old newspaper articles and dusty old books to bring you the most accurate histories of the Motor City's built environment. The website hosts photos from a number of sources and photographers, as well as the largest online collection of vintage Detroit postcards.

We also host other writers' and photographers' work, and all are encouraged to share their photos and stories. All contributors maintain full rights of and receive full credit on their submissions and can remove them at any time.

All Patreon donors will be thanked and listed on the website.

Contact us at [email protected].

Recent posts by HistoricDetroit.org

Tiers
Vintage Belle Isle postcard
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
We'll send you an authentic Belle Isle postcard from 1900-1940. Because of volume, we cannot guarantee a location, but it will be of a prominent location (Scott Fountain, Douglas MacArthur Bridge, Belle Isle Aquarium, etc.). Minimum donation of six months.
Vintage Hotel Tuller matchbook
$2 or more per month 1 patrons (sold out!)
Authentic 1940s or '50s matchbook from the Hotel Tuller, a legendary Detroit hotel on Grand Circus Park opened in 1906, closed in 1976 and torn down in 1991. Features swanky design and beautiful artwork. Matches were removed. Dollar amount includes cost of shipping. Minimum donation of five months.
Authentic key and fob from Hotel Tuller
$5 or more per month 1 patrons (sold out!)
Get an authentic room key and key fob from the Hotel Tuller, a storied Detroit hotel that once stood on Grand Circus Park. It closed in 1976 and was demolished in 1991. First come, first served! Minimum donation of one year. 
5 real Michigan Central Station tickets
$5 or more per month 7 of 19 patrons
Own a piece of Detroit history with five authentic train tickets from Michigan Central Station. These are stamped on the back from 1915-1923 and were found inside the train station back in the 1990s. Please note that many of the tickets we have left are to Chicago, so you might receive duplicates. Minimum three months of donations.
Metal City of Detroit flag pin
$6 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
The City of Detroit's beautiful flag on this beautiful metal pin. Courtesy of City Bird. Minimum donation of five months.
Authentic brick from Guardian Building
$7 or more per month 1 of 15 patrons
When Wayne County replaced a bunch of the exterior bricks on the Guardian Building, we snatched up some to offer as rewards. These will come with certificates of authenticity. Please note that your donation includes $15 in shipping and handling. Bricks are heavy. Minimum gift of 10 months. These are limited! 
Vintage Vernors wooden crate
$10 or more per month 1 patrons (sold out!)
Genuine wooden crate emblazoned with the Vernors logo. These in-demand vintage pieces look awesome. Please note the high donation amount includes the high cost of shipping these.  Minimum donation of one year.
Signed copy of "Greetings from Detroit"
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
This book features more than 230 historic Detroit postcards in full color with in-depth information on each. Minimum four months of donations.
Signed "Forgotten Landmarks of Detroit"
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
This book tells the tales behind 15 landmarks that have disappeared from Detroit's skyline. Features more than 100 photos of a different Detroit - a Detroit that many have never seen.  Minimum four months of donations. 
A vintage Detroit postcard each month!
$10 or more per month 5 patrons
Give us $10 a month, and each month we will send you an original Detroit postcard from 1900-1950s! Many are postmarked with great stories from the Motor City of olden times. Each month you trip to the mailbox will be like a trip into Detroit's past! Not only that, it will help you build your own vintage Detroit postcard collection! Buildings and scenes vary, but we'll make sure you get some good ones! 
Life jacket from Boblo boat Columbia
$12 or more per month 1 of 5 patrons
Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream with this authentic life jacket from the Boblo boat Columbia. ... Actually, don't because these jackets are pretty old and won't pass Coast Guard muster. Donation amount includes cost of shipping, which is not cheap given its size. Minimum donation of one year.