Over this past week I celebrated my.. shhh… 33rd birthday. I love birthdays just as much now as when I was younger. To celebrate Luke and I had a date day in Detroit where we went to the historic Eastern Market, the Detroit Institute of Art, and last but not least the the stunning Main Branch of the Detroit Public Library. Outside, Michigan was experiencing a toasty, summery 83°F. However, due to the air conditioning being broken within in the library, it was a humid, glistening 88°F. Having first found photos of this delightful library when I was compiling my 150 most beautiful libraries in the world I was excited to finally see it in person, however upon walking into the library it was not at all what I was anticipated with wall to wall marble. That being said, upon making our way to the second floor we found the soaring, ornate ceilings and details that we’d initially been expecting. Enjoy our photos below and anyone who loves libraries should add the Main Branch of the Detroit Public Library to their ever growing list.
We loved our time exploring, especially finding the jewelry box that used to be one of the Romanov’s in the Burton Historical Collection.
Toward the end of our wandering we came across a picture of the Old Main Branch that was opened in 1877 and closed/demolished in 1931. I highly recommend that you follow the link below to see photos of this stunning library. I wish that it had been preserved for the ages!