Elwood Bar

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Elwood Bar
Elwood Bar - Detroit Michigan.jpg
Location 300 East Adams Street
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°20′18.5″N 83°2′49″W / 42.338472°N 83.04694°W / 42.338472; -83.04694Coordinates: 42°20′18.5″N 83°2′49″W / 42.338472°N 83.04694°W / 42.338472; -83.04694
Built 1936
Architect Charles Noble
Architectural style Moderne
NRHP Reference # 85001074[1]
Added to NRHP May 15, 1985

The Elwood Bar was built in 1936 at 2100 Woodward Avenue (on the corner of Woodward and Elizabeth) in Detroit, Michigan and is now located at 300 East Adams Street. The name comes from a combination of the cross streets: (El)izabeth and (Wood)ward.[2] The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.[1]


The Elwood Bar in December 2015

The Elwood, designed by Charles Noble, is an excellent Detroit example of Art Moderne Style.[3] Designed for a corner lot, the two facades are covered with cream and blue enameled steel. The building is a single story, but a cylindrical tower extends above the corner entrance.[3] The tower is decorated with blue stripes and geometric design. This design, as well as neon signage, extends to the rest of the exterior of the building.[3]

Present Use[edit]

In 1997, construction of Comerica Park (the Detroit Tigers stadium) threatened the Elwood, and the Bar was moved to its present location at 300 East Adams Street (on the corner of Adams and Brush).[2] The building underwent a complete restoration at that time, and is now open as "Elwood Bar and Grill," catering to visitors attending games at the nearby Comerica Park and Ford Field.

In popular culture an old picture of the Elwood appears briefly in a recent episode of the ABC sitcom Modern Family. In episode 7.17 "Express Yourself" at the 20:43 mark, you can view the brief, historic photo of the Elwood at its original location.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b History of the Elwood from the Elwood Bar & Grill
  3. ^ a b c Elwood Bar from the National Park Service

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