Downtown Hudson’s Remembered

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Holiday shopping at the Downtown Hudson’s store in Detroit is a fond memory that most of us share. The Detroit Historical Museum is showing an insightful documentary about the 106 year old department store. Relive the memories and see the film The Hudson’s Building on December 11th and 12th.


DETROIT – The Detroit Historical Society continues its monthly Film Series with “The Hudson’s Building” showing Saturday and Sunday, December 11 & 12 at 1 p.m. at the Detroit Historical Museum.  The film, written and produced in 1998 by Emmy award winners Gary Glaser and Dave Toorongian and directed by Glaser, will be shown in the Louise C. Booth Auditorium. Each screening is free with paid admission to the Museum.

This insightful documentary combines the preservation vs. demolition debate, with the social and cultural impact of the much-loved 106-year-old former department store. Hudson’s employee and customer interviews are featured, as well as dozens of historic photos and home movie footage. Interviews with developers, city planners, preservationists and members of Detroit City Council provide an active dialog regarding not only the issue of redevelopment vs. demolition, but also how such decisions are rendered.

The late Detroit radio personality Dave Dixon narrated “The Hudson’s Building,” and Michael Hauser, guest curator of the Detroit Historical Museum’s 1997 “Remembering Downtown Hudson’s” exhibit and author of the 2004 book “Hudson’s: Detroit’s Legendary Department Store” and the newly-released “Remembering Hudson’s: The Grand Dame of Detroit Retailing,” served as an historical consultant.

Since its closing in 1983, and demolition in October 1998, the Hudson’s building had come to represent both Detroit’s historic past and its potential future. Like no other structure, it sat at the center of all plans concerning downtown development. Part nostalgia, part public affairs, “The Hudson’s Building” illustrates the depth of feelings metro Detroiters had for the grand old store.

The run time for the film is 42 minutes.

The Detroit Historical Museum, located at 5401 Woodward Ave. (NW corner of Kirby) in Detroit’s Cultural Center area, is open to the public Wednesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the Museum is not open to the public, but available for group tours by calling (313) 833-7979. Adult admission is $6. Seniors (60+), college students with valid college ID, and youth ages 5-18 pay $4. Admission for children ages four and under is free. Parking in the Museum’s lot is $4 at all times. Permanent exhibits include the famous Streets of Old Detroit;Frontiers to FactoriesThe Motor City; and The Glancy Trains.  New exhibits include Saying IDo: Metro Detroit WeddingsFabulous 5: Detroit’s Historic RetailersWWJ Newsradio 950: 90 Years of Innovation; a new display featuring the transportation illustrations of Jerome Beiderman (1913 -1996), and a Scripps-Booth “DaVinci Pup” Cyclecar in the Automotive Showplace.

More Info

Book: “Remembering Hudson’s: The Grand Dame of Detroit Retailing/Arcadia Publishing

The Detroit Historical Museum & Society

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One Comment

  1. Donna says:

    I remember when I was very young going downtown to Hudson’s to Christmas shop. My mother would drop me off at the doorway to a special childrens area in the store with a saleswoman and she would walk me around with my money to buy gifts for my family. I felt so grownup and very special. We would dress up in our best clothes.

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