Historic Detroit

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David Whitney Building - Old photos

The Whitney Building's original exterior had an ornate classical design.

The original exterior of the David Whitney Building

Looking south down Woodward and Washington Boulevard at the Whitney about 1928. Hudson's is at back left.

The Whitney in 1965

The Whitney Building in 1956.

The Whitney Building in 1956. Note the sanitation department worker and his cart at bottom right.

The Whitney Building in 1917, two years after it opened.

The David Whitney Building about 1920 with its original exterior

A close-up view of the David Whitney Building's original Classical details, as seen from the Statler Hotel.