"The front of the slender, brick building features an elaborate Baroque entrance with carvings of dolphins and a grotesque of Neptune, the Roman god of water. In the center is the city’s seal showing the two maidens and the Detroit motto, “Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus” — “We hope for better things; it will rise from the ashes.” Below that, the word “aquarium” is carved in capitalized, bold letters. The intricate details are sometimes masked by robust ivy that covers the front of the building."
Magnificent opalite sea green glass tiles by the Opalite Tile Company of Monaca, Pennsylvania. Looking up at the long expanse, you feel like you are deep under the ocean in the Beaux Arts style Aquarium at Belle Isle. #belleisle#aquarium#detroit#puremichigan#architecture