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1900–1904, Albert Kahn of Nettleton and Kahn and Mason and Kahn. Inselruhe Ave.
  • (Photograph by Kathryn Bishop Eckert)

The subdued red brick aquarium, the companion building to the conservatory, is to the side and a little behind it. Access is gained through an exuberant baroque doorway surmounted by a pediment of carved dolphins. A marvel in its time, housing both saltwater and freshwater fish and a variety of marine life beneath a vaulted ceiling laid with sea-green Pewabic tile, the aquarium is still remarkably intact, but closed in 2005. Friends of Belle Isle Aquarium is attempting to reopen the facility.

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Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Aquarium", [Detroit, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 111-111.

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