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Olympia Arena, 5920 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Wayne County, MI



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Item Title


Location
5920 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, MI

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS MI-252
Building/structure dates: 1927 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1965 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1967 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1970 subsequent work
Significance: From its opening in October, 1927, until its closing in December, 1979, Olympia Arena was Detroit's principal indoor arena for sporting events, including professional hockey and basketball games, track meets, boxing matches, and bicycle races. The building hosted other forms of mass entertainment, including ice shows, the circus, rodeos, and rock concerts. Over its long history, Olympia was the center for political and social conventions, trade shows, expositions, and various other attractions and events. It is best remembered as the home of the Detroit Red Wings. Designed by C. Howard Crane, an internationally known theater architect, Olympia Arena is a Detroit landmark because of its handsome Romanesque exterior and its imposing size. It is an engineering monument as well, because it contained the largest indoor skating rink in the United States when it opened in 1927.

Subjects
Sports
Sports & Recreation Facilities
Ice Skating Rinks


Related Names
Crane, C. Howard
Massillon Bridge & Structural Company


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. LONG SHOT FROM GRAND RIVER AVENUE, LOOKING NORTHWEST
2. SOUTHWEST AND SOUTHEAST FACADES, LOOKING NORTH
3. SOUTHWEST FACADE, LOOKING NORTHEAST
4. SOUTHEAST FACADE, LOOKING NORTHWEST
5. NORTHEAST FACADE, LOOKING NORTHWEST
6. NORTHWEST FACADE, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
7. Photocopy of Blueprint (Original held by the Community end Economic Development Department, City of Detroit), C. Howard Crane, Architect. FIRST FLOOR PLAN, NOVEMBER 13, 1927. (4' x 5' negative)
8. Photocopy of Blueprint (Original held by the Community and Economic Development Department, City of Detroit), C. Howard Crane, Architect. GRAND RIVER AVENUE ELEVATION AND MCGRAW AVENUE ELEVATION, NOVEMBER 13, 1927. (4' x 5' negative)
9. Photocopy of Blueprint (Original held by the Community end Economic Development Department, City of Detroit), C. Howard Crane, Architect. CROSS SECTION THROUGH STADIUM, NOVEMBER 27, 1926. (4' x 5' negative)
10. Photocopy of Photograph (Courtesy of the Detroit Hockey Club, Detroit, Michigan). STEEL ERECTION, 1927.
11. Photocopy of Photograph (Courtesy of the Detroit Hockey Club, Detroit, Michigan). GROUNDBREAKING FOR ADDITION, JUNE 23, 1965. Left Sid Abel, Genral Manager of the Detroit Hockey Club Center - Jerome Cavanaugh, Mayor, City of Detroit Right - Nick Landis, General Manager of the Olympia Stadium
12. Photocopy of Photograph (Courtesy of the Detroit Hockey Club, Detroit, Michigan). CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDING ADDITION, 1965, LOOKING WEST.
13. Photocopy of Photograph (Courtesy of the Detroit Hockey Club, Detroit, Michigan). INSTALLATION OF NEW PIPES, SUMMER 1967.
14. Photocopy of Photograph (Courtesy of the Detroit Hockey Club, Detroit, Michigan). AERIAL VIEW OF OLYMPIA ARENA, LOOKING NORTH, FEBRUARY 9, 1969.
15. Photocopy of Photograph (Courtesy of the Detroit Hockey Club, Detroit, Michigan). INSTALLATION OF NEW SEATS, 1969.
16. Photocopy of Photograph (Courtesy of the Detroit Hockey Club, Detroit, Michigan). SOUTHWEST FACADE, LOOKING EAST, CA. 1970.


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