Adventure and Discovery Center

Location under construction.

Located at: 1801 Atwater St. Detroit, MI 48207

The Globe Building, one of the most recognizable structures along the east riverfront, is currently undergoing a major redevelopment and will serve as the focal point of the William G. Milliken State Park when it opens in 2014.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be the anchor tenant in the newly re-imagined historic Globe Building. Located along Atwater near the Dequindre Cut and the Detroit riverfront, the DNR is constructing an adventure and discovery center within the manufacturing facility, which was originally constructed in 1892. Envisioned by the planners are a rock-climbing wall, an interpretive forest, archery range and classroom space. The facility is expected to open in the fall of 2014.

The industrial complex began life in the late 1860s as the Dry Dock Engine Works, which employed a young Henry Ford as an apprentice. It was here that Henry Ford apparently first became familiar with combustion engines. At the turn of the 20th century, the company was absorbed by the Detroit Shipbuilding Co. When the Detroit Shipbuilding Co. dissolved in the late 1920s, the former engine building plant was used by a stove manufacturer, the Detroit Edison Co., for appliance repair and finally the Globe Trading Company - a wholesale machinery firm.

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