scott memorial fountain | belle isle | detroit, michigan | by s o u t h e n

scott memorial fountain | belle isle | detroit, michigan, photo by s o u t h e n View Ryan’s stunning shot of the Detroit Skyline from Belle Isle bigger on Facebook, see more in his Nights in Detroit slideshow, and if you’d like him to apply his mad photography skills for your wedding or engagement, head … Continue reading scott memorial fountain | belle isle | detroit, michigan | by s o u t h e n

May Tulips at Belle Isle Conservatory

Belle Isle Conservatory – Detroit, Michigan, photo by David Marvin Dan Austin of Historic Detroit has an excellent article on the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle that begins: If Belle Isle is Detroit’s crown, then the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory is its brightest emerald, full of brilliant green ferns, palms and cacti and … Continue reading May Tulips at Belle Isle Conservatory

The Wizard of Belle Isle’s Scott Fountain

  A Cheat, A Liar, a Cad, But A Damn Fine Fountain, photo by Derek Farr Sherri Welch has a great feature (with video) in Crain’s Detroit entitled Underneath Belle Isle with the Wizard of Scott Fountain: Far, far below Belle Isle, in a domed-ceiling building few know exist, Robert Carpenter keeps watch, switching levers, … Continue reading The Wizard of Belle Isle’s Scott Fountain

Underwater vibe at Belle Isle Aquarium

Belle Isle Aquarium, photo by MichellePhotos2 Dan Austin of HistoricDetroit.org has an incredibly comprehensive history of the Belle Isle Aquarium. He writes, in part: Clarence M. Burton, in his history on the city of Detroit, attributes the idea of an aquarium to Rep. David E. Heineman, who had visited Naples, Italy, and studied that city’s … Continue reading Underwater vibe at Belle Isle Aquarium

Belle Isle to become state park?

Belle Isle Beauty, photo by DetroitDerek Photography The Detroit News reports that Governor Rick Snyder has made a deal with Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr for the State of Michigan to lease Belle Isle for 30-60 years: Under the deal, Detroit will not receive any direct monetary payment for the lease, but state operation of … Continue reading Belle Isle to become state park?

Belle Isle Bolt!

Belle Isle View1D, photo by TroyMich (fferriolo) BLAM!! Who’s ready for some spring storms? FYI, this is actually not a lighthouse off Belle Isle, it’s the Detroit Waterworks Intake Crib. You can have a look at on Google Maps. Check this out big as the sky and in see more Frank’s slideshow. More wicked weather on Michigan in Pictures!

The Belle Isle Bridge | Detroit, MI

The Belle Isle Bridge | Detroit, MI, photo by .brianday.. Wikipedia notes that the official name of the bridge across the Detroit River to Belle Isle from Detroit is the MacArthur Bridge. The bridge uses nineteen arches to span the 2,193 feet to Belle Isle. Completed in 1923 for $2,635,000, it replaced a mostly wooden … Continue reading The Belle Isle Bridge | Detroit, MI

Belle Isle Aquarium – 1905

Fishbowl: 1905, photo via Shorpy Historic Photo Archive The Friends of Belle Isle Aquarium history page (click through for some great photos & historic postcards) says: It was August 18, 1904 in Detroit when architect Albert Kahn’s new aquarium would open to the public … The Belle Isle Aquarium, which opened adjacent with the new … Continue reading Belle Isle Aquarium – 1905