J. L. Hudson Co. Department Store

The J. L. Hudson Co. Department Store on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit (top) in 1952. Opened in 1911, the store grew to 25 stories by 1928, when Hudson’s was America’s third largest department store, after Macy’s and Marshall Field’s. Two years after this picture was taken, Hudson’s opened its first suburban store (bottom), at Northland Center in Southfield. The downtown store was closed in 1983 and the building imploded in 1998.

Images from the Collections of Virtual Motor City. (c) 2003 Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University. All images associated with the Virtual Motor City Collection are protected by United States copyright law. Duplication or sale of all or part of any of the data or images is not permitted without consent of the copyright holder. 1) ID1614_2 and 2) ID1676.

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