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is creating research and stories about Detroit's historic architecture.

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Vintage Belle Isle postcard

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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.

5 real Michigan Central Station tickets

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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

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$6
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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

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When Wayne County replaced a bunch of the exterior bricks on the Guardian Building, we snatched up some to offer as rewards. Please note that your donation includes $15 in shipping and handling. Bricks are heavy. Minimum gift of 10 months. These are limited! 

HistoricDetroit.org logo sticker

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Are you stuck on HistoricDetroit.org? Show your support with this far-out sticker. 
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Are you stuck on HistoricDetroit.org? Get a far-out sticker.

Signed copy of "Greetings from Detroit"

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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"

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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!

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$10
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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, your 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! 

Made in Detroit retro coffee mug

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$20
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We've dusted off our old Made in Detroit T-shirt design and turned it into a coffee mug. Start your morning off reppin' the Motor City and help keep our site going.
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Rep the Motor City in the morn. Dishwasher/microwave-safe!

HistoricDetroit.org coffee mug

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This nifty coffee mug is dishwasher and microwave safe and features the HistoricDetroit.org logo.
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This mug is dishwasher and microwave safe. Sip your support!

Retro Leland Hotel tee (heather gray)

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We don't know about you, but we just love old Detroit artifacts, especially from the city's many proud hotels.

This design uses a logo off an old Leland Hotel luggage tag and turns it into a mighty rad T-shirt, perfect for repping your love for Rapp & Rapp, the Leland, or even City Club.

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Exclusive Patreon shirt for our Leland & City Club lovers!

Retro Leland Hotel T-shirt (cream)

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$25
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We don't know about you, but we just love old Detroit artifacts, especially from the city's many proud hotels.

This design uses a logo off an old Leland Hotel luggage tag and turns it into a mighty rad T-shirt, perfect for repping your love for Rapp & Rapp, the Leland, or even City Club.

Exclusive for our Patreon supporters!
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An exclusive Patreon shirt for Leland/City Club lovers!

Belle Isle Zoo retro T-shirt (navy)

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We've taken art from a 1950s Belle Isle Children's Zoo brochure and turned it into this adorable little shirt! 

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An exclusive Detroit retro shirt for our patrons only!

Made in Detroit retro T-shirt (white)

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$25
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Six or seven years ago, we tried our hand at the T-shirt business. Though we loved the shirts, and think people loved them back, it was too difficult to manage inventory. But now, through Patreon's order fulfillment service, we're bringing some of our designs back! 

This logo was used during World War II and was taken from an old newspaper advertisement. We loved it so much, we threw it on a shirt. Rep your pride and show off your support for HistoricDetroit.org!
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One of our old T-shirt designs, back by popular demand!

Belle Isle Zoo retro T-shirt (pink)

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We've taken art from a 1950s Belle Isle Children's Zoo brochure and turned it into this adorable little shirt!

Exclusive to our Patreon supporters!
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An adorable Detroit exclusive for our Patreon supporters!

Made in Detroit retro T-shirt (navy)

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$25
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Six or seven years ago, we tried our hand at the T-shirt business. Though we loved the shirts, and think people loved them back, it was too difficult to manage inventory. But now, through Patreon's order fulfillment service, we're bringing some of our designs back!

This logo was used during World War II and was taken from an old newspaper advertisement. We loved it so much, we threw it on a shirt. Rep your pride and show off your support for HistoricDetroit.org!
Exclusive T-shirt
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We brought back one of our retro T-shirts - for patrons only

Add a building to the site!

$25
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Is there a Detroit building that you want to know more about and want to see added to the site? For a total donation of $150 over six months, we will write a history to the best of our ability and add photos that we can find. Please note that some buildings may be more difficult to find information on, so we can't guarantee the length or depth of information, but we will try our absolute best!

Made in Detroit retro hoodie

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$35
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Six or seven years ago, we tried our hand at the T-shirt business. Though we loved the shirts, and think people loved them back, it was too difficult to manage inventory. But now, through Patreon's order fulfillment service, we're bringing some of our designs back!

This logo was used during World War II and was taken from an old newspaper advertisement. We loved it so much, we threw it on a shirt. Rep your pride and show off your support for HistoricDetroit.org with this hoodie!
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Our popular retro Made in Detroit T-shirt now in hoodie form

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About HistoricDetroit.org

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]

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