1500 Woodward Estate Case Study

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1500 Woodward Estate was built in 1891 and was originally known as the Schwankovsky Temple of Music. The building was designed by Gordon W. Lloyd an English architect that mostly worked in United States. Lloyd is known for his work with Episcopal churches and cathedrals in the states of Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The Wright Kay building was constructed for the F. J. Schwankovsky Company, a retailer of musical instruments. They sold musical instruments downtown before the department store era, so all retail sales were made by specialized shop.The building is a Queen Anne style commercial building done in brick with brownstone trim and was among the last to have cast iron frame. It was one of the first high-rise buildings on Woodward and among the first in Detroit to be built with an electrical elevator. The second floor contains a ballroom that was once used for concerts and brass ensembles performed on the sixth floor balcony.…show more content…
From 1920 to 1978, the building was home to Wright-Kay Jewelry and became known as the Wright Kay building. The building sold in 1980 and became the headquarters store for the House of Fabrics. Today the building includes a restaurant, Wright & Company, on the first floor with offices and residential units above. Dave Kwiatkowski the owner saved as much of the original interior design as possible. Marc Djozlija was nominated for James Beard award for ‘Best Chef’, Great Lakes region in 2015. With small plates with fancy food and great selection of drinks makes a nice place to enjoy with friends. Wright & Company is open Monday – Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. – midnight, and Thursday – Saturday, 4:00 p.m. – 2:00
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