Landmarks Tour of North Detroit, Detroit (Self Guided)

There are many tourist attractions in the northern area of Detroit. The Motown Historical Museum, for example, tells the history of the city from a musical perspective. There are also an amazing array of architecturally interesting buildings and churches. This self-guided tour will lead to the most notable landmarks in north Detroit.
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Landmarks Tour of North Detroit Map

Guide Name: Landmarks Tour of North Detroit
Guide Location: USA » Detroit (See other walking tours in Detroit)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Author: vickyc
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The Whitney

1) The Whitney

The David Whitney House is located at 4421 Woodward Avenue in Detroit. The building was constructed as a private residence, but is open to the public as The Whitney Restaurant. It was built during the period of 1890-94 by the famous lumber baron David Whitney Jr., who was considered not only one of Detroit’s wealthiest personalities, but also one of Michigan's wealthiest citizens.

The house is constructed using rose-pink South Dakota Jasper stone. It is measured to be 21,000-square-foot (2,000 m2) and has 52 rooms (including 10 bathrooms), 218 windows, 20 fireplaces, and a secret vault in the dining room, an elevator, and numerous Tiffany glass windows.

Dating back to the renovations in the mid-1980, there have been rumored occurrences of supernatural activities on all three floors of the Whitney house. The causes of these events have been linked to the story of David Whitney Jr. and his wife both dying inside the mansion. To this day, some people believe that the ghost of David Whitney Jr. haunts the Whitney mansion. One of the most haunted areas in the house appears to be the elevator. There are reports of the elevator moving on its own between the floors without any passengers. Other unexplained apparitions have been reported on the second and third floors. One evening at closing, a staff member witnessed an older gentleman gazing out of the second floor dining room window, when he was asked to leave; the figure simply vanished into the floor. Reports by the mansion’s staff members of sounds of utensils being stacked and table settings being moved all on their own, have only added to the mystery of the Whitney mansion.

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First Congregational Church of Detroit

2) First Congregational Church of Detroit

The First Congregational Church is located at 33 E. Forest in Detroit. It was established on December 25, 1844. Two church buildings were built near the Detroit River. The third building was constructed at the present site in 1891, and was designed by architect John Lyman Faxon. An addition to the church, known as the Angel's Wing, was constructed in 1921 by Albert Kahn.

The church is designed in a blend of the Romanesque and Byzantine styles, using rough-hewn, warm red limestone. The Woodward facade has a five-bay loggia, with a parapeted front gable. Above that are rounded windows with tracery framed by a rounded arch. The church also features a 120-foot campanile with many narrow arcades. The church is topped by an 8-foot copper figure of the Archangel Uriel. The church is patterned after churches found in Venice and Ravenna. The sanctuary, which resembles the lower church of St. Francis of Assisi, boasts carved wood, ceiling portraits, rose windows and sumptuous colors.

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St Paul's Episcopal Cathedral

3) St Paul's Episcopal Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of St. Paul is the cathedral church of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan. It is located at 4800 Woodward Avenue in Detroit adjacent to the campus of Wayne State University. The parish of St. Paul was founded in 1824, as the first Episcopal and the first Protestant congregation in the then Michigan Territory. The original site of St. Paul’s church was on Woodward Avenue, between Congress and Larned. In 1851 the church moved to the corner of Congress at Shelby.

The funeral service for Henry Ford was held at Cathedral Church of St. Paul on Thursday April 9, 1947. St. Paul's Cathedral is a fine example of the Late Gothic Revival, an architectural style popular in the early years of the 20th century. American architects of the mid-19th century imported and re-interpreted the English Gothic Revival style, based on the visually lush details of Medieval cathedrals. The American architects copied the "Gothic" elements and combined them with simple building plans to create an American architectural style known as "Victorian Gothic." The Fort Street Presbyterian Church, built in 1876, is a premier example of early Victorian Gothic architecture.

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College for Creative Studies

4) College for Creative Studies (must see)

College for Creative Studies (CCS) is an art education institution and was cited by BusinessWeek as one of the 60 best design schools in the world. It is a private, fully accredited, four-year college located in Detroit. CCS is credited with having one of the world’s most recognized programs in transportation design and for placing possibly more graduates in automotive design than any other school. The school is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), a consortium of thirty-six leading art schools in the United States.

The college had its origin in 1906 with the formation of the Society of Arts and Crafts. In 1926, the society became one of the first Arts and Crafts organizations in America to offer an educational program in the arts. In 1962, when the Michigan Department of Education authorized the granting of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design, the school officially became a college. In 1975 the School of the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts changed its name to the Center for Creative Studies-College of Art and Design and in 2001 it assumed its present name.

Currently CCS offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in 11 majors: Advertising Design, Entertainment Arts(Character and Expiremental Animation, Video and Live Action, and Game Art), Art Education, Crafts, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design.

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Tangent Gallery and the Hastings Street Ballroom

5) Tangent Gallery and the Hastings Street Ballroom

Tangent Gallery and the Hastings Street Ballroom is an art gallery and a theater situated in a charming warehouse in an industrial area of Detroit. The gallery hosts a variety of events, concerts, exhibitions, parties, weddings and more. At the theater you can see a traditional play or enjoy a concert. It is one of the few theaters in Detroit that offers cabaret.
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Fisher Building

6) Fisher Building (must see)

The Fisher Building is a landmark skyscraper in the United States, located in the heart of the New Center area of Detroit. The ornate building is designed in an Art Deco style, constructed of limestone, granite, and several types of marble. The Fisher family financed the building with proceeds from the sale of Fisher Body to General Motors. It was designed to house office and retail space. The building, which contains the elaborate 2,089 seat Fisher Theatre, was designated a National Historic Landmark on June 29, 1989. It is also the location of the headquarters for the Detroit Public Schools.

The Fisher Building rises 30-stories with a roof height of 428 feet (130 m), a top floor height of 339 feet (103 m), and the spire reaching 444 feet (135 m). The building has 21 elevators. Designed by Albert Kahn and Associates with Joseph Nathaniel French as chief architect, it has been called Detroit's largest art object and is widely considered Kahn's greatest achievement.

In 1929, the Fisher Building was honored by the Architectural League of New York with a silver medal in architecture. The opulent three-story barrel vaulted lobby is constructed with forty different kinds of marble, decorated by Hungarian artist Géza Maróti, and is highly regarded by architects. The sculpture on the exterior of the building was supplied by several sculptors including Maroti, Corrado Parducci, Anthony De Lorenzo and Ulysses Ricci.

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Motown Historical Museum

7) Motown Historical Museum (must see)

The Motown Historical Museum is also known in Detroit as "Hitsville U.S.A". It is the most visited museum in the city. Motown Records' first headquarters were here. The company was led by Berry Gordy who started his career by composing songs for Detroit singers. "Hitsville U.S.A." was transformed into a museum in 1985. The museum focuses on Motown Records, Motown singers and Motown music- all Motown, all the time. Here you can see costumes, pictures and records from the golden era of Motown. You can also visit Motown's "Studio A" and Berry Gordy's rooms, which remain as they were when he lived in them.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm

Walking Tours in Detroit, Michigan

Create Your Own Walk in Detroit

Create Your Own Walk in Detroit

Creating your own self-guided walk in Detroit is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Henry Ford Tour of Detroit

Henry Ford Tour of Detroit

Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit, is the town where the famous car maker Henry Ford was born. There are many attractions related to Henry Ford here. Visit the museum of Henry Ford, the Henry Ford Estate, historic Greenfield Village and more. Take this tour to learn more about Detroit legend Henry Ford.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Churches Tour of Detroit

Churches Tour of Detroit

Detroit is a multicultural city, which is reflected in the variety of churches found here. There are splendid Orthodox and Catholic cathedrals, as well as historic Protestant churches. This self-guided tour will lead you to Detroit's most magnificent places of worship.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Monuments Tour of Detroit

Monuments Tour of Detroit

There are many monuments and statues in the city of Detroit. Many wealthy Detroit residents have bequeathed money to the city specifically to build notable landmarks. Monuments to great personalities in the history of the city and the country are scattered across the city. Take this self-guided tour to see Detroit's unique monuments and statues.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Cultural Tour of Detroit

Cultural Tour of Detroit

Detroit is a multicultural city heavily influenced by the automobile industry. The city has a thriving arts scene and boasts many art galleries and theaters. This self-guided tour will lead you to Detroit's best cultural attractions.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Dowtown Detroit Orientation Walk

Dowtown Detroit Orientation Walk

Detroit, being the oldest city in the Midwest, boasts a number of landmarks, many of which are concentrated in the downtown area. The must-see attractions in Detroit include the Renaissance Center, Hart Plaza and Campus Martius Park. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most fascinating landmarks and neighborhoods in downtown Detroit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Nightlife Tour of Detroit's New Town

Nightlife Tour of Detroit's New Town

Detroit's New Town is the more modern part of the city and is where the campus of Detroit University is located. There are many great bars and nightclubs in this area that cater to a younger crowd. Take this self-guided tour to explore the nightlife in Detroit's New Town.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Detroit for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Detroit has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Detroit, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.