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Our Detroit Tours

Detroit Tours

Available from Art House

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Elisha Taylor Home

Tour of Art House (the Elisha Taylor home)

 $20 per person, allow 1½ – 2 hours

This is a historic residence and is not handicapped accessible

Art House is an 1872 Gothic Revival home in the historic Brush Park neighborhood near downtown Detroit. The interior preserves original fireplaces, over-mantle mirrors, woodwork, wall coverings, decorative plaster, Minton tiles, parquet floors & etched glass. With period furnishings & collections of art & artifacts, it is truly one of Detroit’s hidden treasures.

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Downtown Detroit Architecture Walking Tour

$20 per person, allow 2½ – 3 hours

Trace 140 years of Detroit’s, and America’s, architectural evolution through its changing styles: Gothic Revival, Queen Anne, Romanesque Revival, Beaux Arts, Art Deco, International & Post-Modern.

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Art Deco Detroit

$20 per person, allow 2½ – 3 hours

In the United States, only New York & Chicago built more Art Deco style buildings than Detroit.  See how the wealth generated by the booming auto industry was translated into some of the most spectacular examples of Art Deco architecture to be seen.  (Fisher Bldg only included with a bus tour)

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Detroit’s Riverwalk: Art & Architecture

$20 per person, allow 2 – 2½ hours

For much of its history, the best view of Detroit was had by leaving the country & viewing it from Windsor, Ontario. Now, along Detroit’s newly constituted Riverwalk, Detroiters may appreciate the history & beauty of their city’s public art & architecture from its historic shore. Our tour will include the history of Detroit’s founding on the river, the art now installed on the Riverwalk & the architecture seen from along the waterfront.

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St. Aloysius

Divine Downtown Detroit Walking Tour

$20 per person, allow 2½ – 3 hours

This tour will visit some of downtown Detroit’s most beautiful and historic churches. Site availability is subject to church scheduling. Some churches most often available: St. John’s Episcopal, First Presbyterian, Central United Methodist, St.  Aloysius Catholic Church, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Fort Street Presbyterian, St. Mary’s,  Christ Episcopal Church, Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

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Sweetest Heart

Churches of Detroit from your bus

$20 per person, allow 2½ – 3 hours

A bus tour of some of Detroit’s spectacular neighborhood churches. Site availability subject to church scheduling. Some of the churches most often available: Sweetest Heart of Mary, First Congregational, St. Florian’s, Fort Street Presbyterian, St. Anne’s, Trinity Lutheran, St. Joseph’s, St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Cathedral.

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Detroit at Play: A Tour of Belle Isle

$20 per person, allow 2 – 2 ½ hours

A bus is required for this tour

Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, Belle Isle’s parkways, lagoons & canals are punctuated with examples of Romanesque Revival, Gothic Revival, Beaux Art & Art Deco architecture, as well as outstanding public monuments & amenities by such architects as Albert Kahn & Cass Gilbert.

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Cultural Center Walking Tour

$20 per person, allow 2 – 2½ hours

A tour of the rich residential, commercial & institutional architecture of Detroit’s Cultural Center; including buildings by some of America’s most notable architects: Albert Kahn, Paul Cret, Cass Gilbert, Ralph Adams Cram & Minoru Yamasaki. Building interiors as well as exteriors will be included where arrangements can be made.

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Art in the Detroit People Mover Stations

$20 per person, allow 1½ – 2 hours

A tour of the public art works incorporated into each of the 13 Detroit People Mover stations. We will learn about the development of the art in the stations program, how & why the works of art were chosen & their connections to Detroit’s personages, businesses and history.

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Gallery Tours of the Detroit Institute of Arts

$20 per person, allow 1½ hours minimum

(museum admission, if applicable, is not included)

Art historian, Professor Michael Farrell, will lead your tour of the DIA galleries. The following tours are available: The Italian Galleries; The French Galleries; The Dutch Galleries; The Islamic Galleries; The American Galleries; The Influence of Italy (the impact of Italy & Italian artists on others); The Ancient Galleries (Egyptian, Greek & Roman); Classical Mythology in the permanent collection of the DIA.

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Advance reservations & a fifteen person minimum are required for all tours. Walking tours may also be done from your bus.

Please contact us for reservations, further information or to request a customized tour to meet your group’s specific interests.

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4 comments

  1. Michael:
    Flemish art lecture always interesting, especially the Bosch finale! Islamic at DIA also fascinating. Helen


  2. My wife and I would like to join the occational tour .. perhaps with a friend or two .. what are the mechanics for making arrangements?


    • You can contact us via email, arthousetours@sbcglobal.net or phone, 313.832.2322 to make arrangements for attending any of our tours, lectures or events.


  3. We enjoy Art House Tours each year with Professor Michael Farrell. As a travel coordinator for a large senior center in Port Huron, I have to say Professor Farrell is an excellent resource for learning about our area’s cultural history. It was easy to make plans for my group and he gave us wonderful suggestions for lunch spots in the area. His personality plus, and attention to detail, gives our events with him an exceptional following. Thank you,
    Kathy Forton
    COA Travel
    Port Huron MI



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