Garden Bowl

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Garden Bowl
Garden Bowl from across Woodward
Location4104-4120 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates42°21′4.5″N 83°3′36″W / 42.351250°N 83.06000°W / 42.351250; -83.06000Coordinates: 42°21′4.5″N 83°3′36″W / 42.351250°N 83.06000°W / 42.351250; -83.06000
Architectural styleUnknown
NRHP reference #08000578[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 03, 2008

The Garden Bowl is a bowling alley located at 4104-4120 Woodward Avenue in Midtown Detroit, Michigan. It is the oldest continuously operating bowling alley in the country.[2] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.[1]


The Garden Bowl was built in 1913, and is Detroit's oldest continuously operating bowling alley.[3] In 1934, the front 35 feet of the building were removed when Woodward Avenue was widened to its present size.[3] The present appearance of the building is due in large part to changes made in 1966.[3]

Current use[edit]

The father of the current owner purchased the Garden Bowl in 1946.[4] The Garden Bowl operates as part of the Majestic Theater Center, which includes the nearby Majestic Theatre, the Majestic Cafe, the Magic Stick (located upstairs in the same building as the Garden Bowl),[2] and Sgt. Pepperoni's.[5] It continues to operate as a bowling alley.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Magic Stick/Garden Bowl from Metromix Detroit
  3. ^ a b c "Detroit's Majestic Theater and Garden Bowl Among Nine Sites Nominated to National Register of Historic Places," press release, Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries (HAL), Jan. 29, 2008
  4. ^ Leyland DeVito, Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine "Joe Zainea: A Conversation," The Detroiter, May 31, 2007
  5. ^ The Majestic Theater Center

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