Cadillac Square

Old City Hall

In the past we’ve mentioned Detroit’s original City Hall, which stood in what is now Cadillac Square. Prior to 1885, Cadillac Square was a street known as Michigan Grand Avenue, part of Augustus Woodward’s plan for rebuilding Detroit following the 1805 fire. In 1835, a section of this broad avenue was chosen as the site for Detroit’s first City Hall. This City Hall was a multipurpose building of sorts. The spot on Michigan Grand was conceived to contain both the City Hall as well as the Central Market, and as such the lower floor of the new building housed meat vendors. City officials could be found on the second floor, but so could theatrical performances and religious services. When the newer City Hall was dedicated in 1871 directly across Campus Martius, its smaller predecessor was briefly slated to become a library. Alas, it was decided it would be more cost effective to build a new library rather than convert the old city hall, and it was torn down in 1872.

Central Market Building

The matter of funding a replacement building for Central Market became a reoccurring issue through much of the 1870s. It took until 1879 for a plan to be approved. This new Central Market Building was, again, a multipurpose building, containing the Board of Health, the Poor Commission, and Park Commission, in addition to vendors. Despite surviving a battle in the Michigan Supreme Court against property owners along Michigan Grand who were upset with the blocking of a major road, the Central Market Building only stood until 1889. It was the growth of Eastern and Western Markets that led the Common Council to deem the Central Market unnecessary. With such a short career it’s no surprise that this structure is relatively unknown.

2 thoughts on “Cadillac Square

  1. I remember the beautiful City Hall Building. It was one of many architectural treasures that were torn down. I’m so sry it, along with the others, are no longer here for our children and grandchildren to enjoy!

  2. “With such a short career it’s no surprise that this structure is relatively unknown.”

    Really? I think you mean that after ‘THAT’ reset, the city was repopulated by the controllers, and the ACTUAL builders became yet another genocide statistic. The Tartarians built beautiful structures all over the world as evidenced by the same style being seen all over the world. All that needed to be done was to dig them out of the mud, brick up the lower windows that are mostly covered, and add steps up to the second story that we are told was the first floor. You should show some pictures of the ‘mosque-like’ structures that were once in Detroit and either “burned down” or were demolished “in the name of progress” after a very short life so we are told in the ‘official narrative’. I’ts silly that we are so foolish as to believe the rubbish fed to us.
    Great Tartaria… stripped from the maps in the late 18th century, then stripped from the history books…

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