Archives for 2016

The greenhouse in the summer

We have opened the windows, added a bit of furniture, and invited El Moore residents and lodge guests into the greenhouse for the summer. With all windows fully operational, the room gets a great breeze. Outside, we've begun work on a small container garden area for residents. Check out our newest photos. … [Read more...]

The park building in early July

The retail building in the park adjacent to the El Moore is coming along! … [Read more...]

Where life is art!

No trip to Detroit would be complete without a visit to the Detroit Institute of Arts, our beloved historic art museum. The DIA's encyclopedic collection is one of the country's best, and its commitment to accessibility and art education makes it a true people's institution. The DIA is in walking distance of the El Moore, and we certainly encourage our guests to pay it a visit. But art enthusiasts and culture seekers will be interested to know that there are a number of smaller museums, galleries, and other art spaces that are as close, or closer, and that are also definitely worth checking out. (The official slogan of Midtown Detroit, after all, is "Where Life is Art.") And while the DIA's collection includes some notable work by Detroit artists, these smaller spaces … [Read more...]

A First Look At The Retail Building

As you may remember,  just adjacent to the El Moore we are developing a park. The first component of the park to be built is the retail building. 'Retail' is actually a misnomer, as it will house much more than retail. We hope to designate some space for learning communities. In addition, the building will have bathrooms and a stage. Pergolas will extend from the sides and will provide coverage for picnic benches. More will be planned for this building throughout the winter, and it will open some time in the summer or fall of 2017. … [Read more...]

The First Year

Anne Cahalan and her cat Wobbles have lived at the El Moore for just over a year. She is an application developer for Detroit Labs, and enjoys baking, knitting, and hanging out in the parlor talking to Lodge guests.  One year and a couple months ago, I was starting to think about moving. My old place was not very conveniently located and was a little too big for just me and my cat rattling around. The space was amazing--a giant loft right on the river, with views of freighters drifting by--but the maintenance was spotty and I could always hear the couple next door arguing in the middle of the night. The only thing I truly loved was my neighbors, the Adragnas, who lived right across the hall. I had met Jeremy when we both worked at the Archdiocese of Detroit, and I remember the day he … [Read more...]

The Yoga Epicenter of Detroit is Right Around the El Moore

The El Moore, a sustainably rehabilitated and operated residential apartment building and urban lodge, is a beautiful oasis located in the heart of Midtown Detroit. Situated at 624 West Alexandrine at 2nd Avenue, the El Moore is close to freeways and the nearly completed M-1 Rail line on Woodward Avenue, but just as importantly, is perfectly situated for walking and biking to the many amenities nearby. When you stay at the El Moore, either as a resident or as a guest, you will experience a perfect balance of serenity and community, but if you’re looking for some additional “Om” there are three excellent yoga studios within just a few blocks. Whatever your preferred style of yoga, all you need to do is grab your mat and head out to one of the beautiful nearby studios. All three studios … [Read more...]

The Dragon of the El Moore

If you know anything at all about castles, then you know you can't have a castle without a dragon. That's just the way it works. Ask around, and you'll see I'm right. Or you can just take a trip to England and ask someone over there. Whole lotta castles in England, and those castles have been there for eons. No such thing as a brand new castle. A real castle has some serious history attached. Which, of course, would explain why there aren't many castles over here on this side of the pond. America ain't old. It's what you might call a kiddy country, and castles ain't for kids. Most castles reach back to a time when history was a lot more fun than it is now. Way back when everything was once-upon-a-time and certain things may or may not have happened as reported, but whatever was reported … [Read more...]

Dalgleish Water Tank Reaches Its Final Resting Place

The historic Dalgleish Cadillac water tower tank has finally been installed in its final resting place at the corner of West Alexandrine and Second Avenue. With the help of metal artisans, it will become the entrance to our public gardens. People will actually walk through the tank to enter the gardens. It was more than four years ago that the tank and its metal legs were reclaimed from above the Dalgleish Cadillac building as Wayne State made way for its new Bioscience building, which is now completed and open on Woodward north of Warren. The tank itself made its way down Cass on a flatbed truck, with the street lights being lifted with a pole to get the tank under them. Many of the Wayne State students came out to witness the move...it was quite a scene. Two weeks ago, the … [Read more...]