Special Annual Tours

Historic Ferry Street Tour (Fifth Saturday Specialty Tour) | Saturday September 29, 2018 at 10am

Departs from the corner of John R and Kirby behind the DIA, across from the Josephine Ford Sculpture Garden on the College for Creative Studies campus.

Ferry Street today is known for its beautiful historic homes: the Hecker Mansion, the Charles Lang Freer House, and the houses that make up the Inn on Ferry Street. The street originated with the Ferry Seed Company farm established in the mid-1850’s at the corner of East Ferry and Woodward to grow the seeds that were sold nationwide. Then came the prosperous residences in the mid-1880’s and the Merrill Palmer Institute in the 1920s. Learn more about the people and institutions who made Ferry Street one of Detroit’s most historic neighborhoods.

Parking: Metered and non-metered street parking is available in the immediate area. Paid parking is also available at the Park Shelton parking structure and DIA parking structure and lot. Tickets are available here.

DOCOMOMO Tour Day: Yamasaki in the Cultural Center | Saturday October 13, 2018 at 10am

Detroit-based architect Minoru Yamasaki enjoyed an international reputation for his architectural vision. Locally he designed office buildings, houses of worships, educational institutions, and residences. His legacy includes five buildings located in Detroit’s Cultural Center. Learn more about him and these buildings as well as his architectural contributions to Detroit and the world.

Tour will departs from the Josephine Ford Sculpture Garden, located at John R and Kirby behind the DIA, on the College for Creative Studies campus. Tickets are available here.


Historic Cemetery Tours | 2018 dates to be announced soon

A different cemetery on 4 different dates in October! Learn the history and stories behind the famous (and infamous) buried within Detroit’s cemeteries. Marvel at the historic architecture of the mausoleums and headstones.

  • Mt. Elliot Cemetery | October 13th, 2018 Tickets

  • Elmwood Cemetery | October 21st, 2018 Tickets

  • Woodlawn Cemetery | October 27th, 2018 Tickets

  • Mt. Olivet Cemetery | October 28th, 2018 Tickets


The Detroit Movie Palaces Theatre Tour | 2019 date to be announced Spring 2019

Don’t miss one of Michigan’s most unique and popular walking tours. Join us for a wonderful day of behind-the-scenes tours at Detroit’s legendary movie palaces. Past tours have included the Fox, the Gem, the Detroit Opera House, and the Michigan Theatre, among other legendary movie houses. This is one of Preservation Detroit’s most anticipated tours. The Theatre Tour sells out every year!

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