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Elwood Bar and Grill

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1937, Charles Nobel; 1997 moved and restored. 300 Adams Ave.

The tiny, blue- and cream-colored bar and grill is one of Detroit's last enameled steel-panel Art Deco buildings. A cylindrical tower dramatically anchors the curved southwest corner main entrance. Geometric designs decorate both the tower and the panels on either side of the main entrance. During the restoration, the interior was redone in three-toned maple, mahogany, and birch woodwork, trimmed with chrome.

In 1997, to make way for Comerica Park ( WN31) and Ford Field ( WN32), Chuck Forbes of Forbes Management, owner and rescuer of this Elwood Bar and Grill and theaters in the vicinity in the 1980s, moved the building about 1,888 feet from its original location at the northeast corner of Woodward Avenue and Elizabeth Street. The bar was named for the avenue and street. Victor Ashmyanets depicts the route of the relocation in the ceiling painting.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Elwood Bar and Grill", [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, 70-70.

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