Renaissance Center

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Renaissance Center

Above is a picture of the Renaissance Center - or whatever General Motors calls it these days.

Growing up in Windsor, I can barely recall the pre-Renaissance Center era. Before it was erected, the Penobscot Building was the main attraction when I peered over the river. Every time I looked at the Penobscot Building I thought of the Empire State Building - and imagined King Kong climbing its exterior, swatting down airplanes.

I never lived more than five blocks from the Detroit River until I was about 12. Even then, I wasn't more than a mile away. The funny thing is, despite all our trips along Riverside drive, and despite all our visits to riverfront parks, I don't ever recall seeing the construction of the Renaissance Center.

The Renaissance Center can be seen from most places in Windsor - which makes it every tough to get lost for very long. And since Windsor and Essex County are notoriously flat, you can travel quite far out of town and still see the Renaissance Center in the distance.

This picture was taken from Dieppe Park, at the foot of Ouellette Avenue in Downtown Windsor. Can't remember my settings, but it's intentionally a little under-exposed (not much).

This picture is taken from

This picture is taken from another riverfront park a little closer to the bridge - south and west of the first picture. This picture shows a bit more of the ice forming on the river.

The Ren Cen does a nice job of reflecting the setting sun. Being tall has its advantages. Because when I turned, I couldn't see the sun. It was below the horizon.


My wife shot this picture

My wife shot this picture from the passenger seat as we drove across the Ambassador Bridge to Canada. I hoped the driver's side window and she shot across me. Most of the shots were a bit blurry, because the autofocus kept wanting to hit the bridge guard rails.

On this picture, also taken

On this picture, also taken by Andrea on the bridge, you can see the guard rail and the Detroit skyscrapers windows reflecting the sunlight.


The official history of the GM Renaissance Center is available on their website.

This move by General Motors in the mid-1990s was and is widely thought to be a move that was pivotal to the revitalization of Detroit.

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