Trui Moerkerke is a Belgian journalist who moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan with her family in the Summer of 2016. She decided to make the most of the waiting-for-the work-permit-time. She is fascinated with Detroit and studied to become a tour guide. There is so much to see, so much to tell. As a journalist and former editor, Trui knows a thing or two about storytelling. Trui is still writing for Belgian magazines and newspapers and she founded A Dose of Detroit. She's ready to take you on a guided tour in this amazing city (in Dutch, French and English).
Entering the Aloft Detroit is quite an experience. The 4-story lobby is just jaw-dropping. David Charles Whitney built this Detroit landmark in homage to his father David Whitney jr., a mega-wealthy lumber baron and ship magnate. For this job, he hired the firm of star architect Daniel H. Burnham.
For decades the building was a shopping center with tailors, hairdressers, milliners. It was also home to offices of dentists, lawyers, and doctors. But the building's fate is an all too familiar saga in Detroit: an exodus to the suburbs starting in the 1950ies, and the following social and economic problems draining the city population. By the end of the 20th century, the building closes and stayed empty for quite some time.
An $82 million redevelopment gave the David Whitney a new life as a boutique hotel (and there are also 105 apartments in the building).