In one picture, the sepia-toned photograph shows the intersection of Madison Avenue and John R Street. You can see the Michigan State Telephone Co. building, Detroit Athletic Club, Plaza Apartments, Henry Clay Hotel, and Madison-Lenox Hotel.
The photo was taken in 1915 before the DAC opened.
The second photo was snapped seven years later and had to be retouched due to a tear. The print was taken on Madison Avenue facing west from East Grand River Ave.
In view are the Detroit Athletic Club, Michigan State Telephone Co., Central United Methodist Church, Fyfe Building, Grand Park Centre, Adams Theatre, Kresge Building, Capitol Theater and the Plaza Apartments. Parked cars line Madison Avenue. A Walker & Co. billboard reading, "Holley" is on the corner of Madison and John R Street.
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