Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Building 1942 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Michigan. Built in 1897. The GAR Building was constructed to be a meeting space for Grand Army of the Republic (a fraternal organization composed of Union Army, Union Navy, Marines, and U.S. Revenue Cutter Service members who served in the Civil War) activities. The cost of building the structure was split between the GAR and the city of Detroit. As membership dwindled into the 1930’s, the GAR vacated the property and the building was taken over by the city. The building was again vacated in the early 1970’s. The building was bought up in 2011 and is now being renovated and used as office space and a few restaurants.

Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Building

1942 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Michigan.

Built in 1897.

The GAR Building was constructed to be a meeting space for Grand Army of the Republic (a fraternal organization composed of Union Army, Union Navy, Marines, and U.S. Revenue Cutter Service members who served in the Civil War) activities. The cost of building the structure was split between the GAR and the city of Detroit. As membership dwindled into the 1930’s, the GAR vacated the property and the building was taken over by the city. The building was again vacated in the early 1970’s. The building was bought up in 2011 and is now being renovated and used as office space and a few restaurants.

Superdawg 6363 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Built in 1948. Noted as one of the few original drive-in carhop restaurants left in the United States, Superdawg (now in 2 locations) opened its doors in 1948, and is still run by the original family who founded it.

Superdawg

6363 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

Built in 1948.

Noted as one of the few original drive-in carhop restaurants left in the United States, Superdawg (now in 2 locations) opened its doors in 1948, and is still run by the original family who founded it.

The Longaberger Company Headquarters 1500 East Main Street, Newark, Ohio. Built in 1997. The Longaberger Company is a manufacturer and distributor of handcrafted maple wood baskets as well as a variety of home and lifestyle products. Their headquarters are a prime example of novelty architecture, taking the shape of the company's biggest selling product. The handles of the basket building weigh close to 150 tons and have the ability to be heated during the winter months to prevent ice damage. Currently, about half of the building is listed for lease. 

The Longaberger Company Headquarters

1500 East Main Street, Newark, Ohio.

Built in 1997.

The Longaberger Company is a manufacturer and distributor of handcrafted maple wood baskets as well as a variety of home and lifestyle products.

Their headquarters are a prime example of novelty architecture, taking the shape of the company's biggest selling product. The handles of the basket building weigh close to 150 tons and have the ability to be heated during the winter months to prevent ice damage. Currently, about half of the building is listed for lease. 

Adler Planetarium 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois. Built in 1930. This art deco style building on the shores of Lake Michigan was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader, Max Adler and designed by architect Ernest A. Grunsfeld, Jr. The planetarium houses three full-size theaters, exhibitions on space, antique scientific and printed treasures, as well as the Doane Observatory.

Adler Planetarium

1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois.

Built in 1930.

This art deco style building on the shores of Lake Michigan was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader, Max Adler and designed by architect Ernest A. Grunsfeld, Jr.

The planetarium houses three full-size theaters, exhibitions on space, antique scientific and printed treasures, as well as the Doane Observatory.

Michigan Central Station 2405 West Vernor Highway, Detroit, Michigan. Built in 1914. At the time of its construction, The Michigan Central Station was the tallest rail station in the world. In its heyday, over 4000 passengers and 200 trains passed through the station daily. Service started decreasing after World War II, leading up to its eventual shutdown. The station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, 13 short years before it was closed in 1988. Repair work has been ongoing since 2011, but it still remains unused and facing an uncertain future.

Michigan Central Station

2405 West Vernor Highway, Detroit, Michigan.

Built in 1914.

At the time of its construction, The Michigan Central Station was the tallest rail station in the world. In its heyday, over 4000 passengers and 200 trains passed through the station daily. Service started decreasing after World War II, leading up to its eventual shutdown.

The station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, 13 short years before it was closed in 1988. Repair work has been ongoing since 2011, but it still remains unused and facing an uncertain future.