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Hart Plaza, Detroit

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Philip A. Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit, is a city plaza along the Detroit River. It is located more or less on the site at which Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac landed in 1701 when he founded Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit, the settlement that became Detroit. In 2011, the Detroit-Wayne County Port Authority opened its new cruise ship passenger terminal and dock at Hart Plaza, adjacent to the Renaissance Center, which receives major cruise ships such as the MS Hamburg and the Yorktown.The 14acre plaza, which is named for the late U.S. Senator Philip Hart, opened in 1975 and has a capacity for about 40,000 people. At the center of the plaza is the Horace E. Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain, designed by Isamu Noguchi and Walter Budd in 1978.HistoryThe area where Hart Plaza stands today is believed to be where Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac landed in 1701. The waterfront area became the main source of communication and transportation to the outside world until the inventions of the railroad and telegraph. By the mid 19th century this area was covered by docks, warehouses, and other industry, as was most of Detroit's waterfront of the time.It wasn't until 1890 that Hazen S. Pingree, Detroit's mayor at that time, suggested the location would be ideal for the creation of a waterfront center for city functions. However, the project was not carried through.
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  • We are right at the beginning of our visit to the Hart Plaza and us the river and the city skyline viewed. The Hart Plaza is nice. But no explicit visit. Man can but feel free. Small detour.
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  • We happened to walk through the area and admire the place during cold winter conditions. There wasn't anything going on, is I imagine this place would be fabulous during better and warmer weather.  more »
  • In 1972, when the 68-year-old Isamu Noguchi's work is. Conducts the entire Plaza space design. This is when I started to change beginning with Detroit's auto industry in the 1970s, cheap Japan car. (Japan's bubble beginning stage) reactivation of the automotive industry toward the skyscrapers were built. Haulass E Dodge fountain square located in the Center was a reminder "Tetra"mound of moerenuma Park in Sapporo (1880000 m 2). Is a big piece that took a $ 2 million alone this fountain. From the stainless steel ring is to a height of 9 meters above the ground towards the bottom, has fountains upward from the base of the granite fountain. Isamu Noguchi who produce dialogue of the heavens and the Earth seems. Philip A Plaza Philip A. Hart Plaza 1 Hart Plaza in Detroit, MI, USA 1972-79 32000 m 2
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  • Phenomenal view of Detroit river and Canada. Constant boat traffic. Grassy hillside to lazily watch river and people. Includes concrete walk at river's edge. Really an excellent outdoor experience year round.
  • The Hart Plaza is truly the heart of Detroit. It is a staple of Downtown Detroit with its beautiful views. It over looks the Detroit river, the Canadian shore, and within walking distance to Greaktown, the GM headquarters, and campus martious. The River walk also is accessible from there where you can run, walk or just sit and enjoy the views. They have chairs and benches everywhere. Hart plaza has a beautiful fountain and all significant musical festivals happen there. Such as, country music, the international Techno music, and the Jazz festival to name a few. It is also within walking distance to cobo hall, Detroit's convention center. You gotta come and visit, you will be blown away by the beauty of the place.
  • Great spot to spend some time to walk along the Riverwalk and take in the beautiful scenery and architecture of the multitude of sculptures.
  • We all know Detroit is going through a transformation. That said the city could spend some $$$ to renovate this slightly for a big payoff. There is so much history here and could be utilized better. That said it was nice to visit and within walking distance of the hotel. Made for great pictures and memorable moment. A must visit.
  • I visited Hart Plaza for the movement Music Festival weekend in 2017. I was blown away by the setup and the ease of access. The venue has great views of the water as well as underground stages and it just feels very spacious and not overly crowded. What a great place to host a festival! Can't wait to go back next year

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