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Art City – Detroit’s Trumbull and Porter Murals

September 23, 2021

Trumbull and POrter murals painted on side of the hotel

Contributor Mary Noe shares details of the amazing Trumbull and Porter murals, considered one of the most important new art projects in Detroit Michigan

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From Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry Murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts to the dozens of eclectic designs at ‘The D’s’ famous Eastern Market, murals are an important piece of Detroit’s artistic portfolio and reflect the Motor City’s rich history and current vitality. Local artists and creators have helped revitalize Detroit, which was named to Fodor’s Go List 2019 and is ranked #1 on Orbitz’s list of Best Places To Travel In 2019.

The Trumbull and Porter murals, painted on the façade of one of Detroit’s best – and original – boutique hotels, were literally designed in conjunction with local artists. Called ‘Detroit’s Authentic Artisan Boutique Hotel’, the renovation and redesign of the former Holiday Inn was heavily influenced by the property’s location in Corktown, Detroit’s oldest existing neighborhood.

An Ascend Hotel Collection property, the Trumbull and Porter Hotel is situated on the edge of Corktown’s boarder with the neighboring West Side Industrial area. While this boutique hotel’s aesthetic and design were influenced heavily by the town’s old industries, its art program was influenced by Corktown’s vibrant art scene.

Watch the Trumbull and Porter Hotel Murals

Trumbull and Porter’s leadership team, which included Barry Caplan (President of Access Hotels & Resorts), enlisted the assistance of Laura Reagan (of Easel Art Consulting) and commissioned several of Detroit’s best known visual artists to incorporate stunning murals into the project’s innovative art program.

Trumbull and Porter murals on the side of the detroit hotels exterior
The Trumbull and Porter murals were created by three of the city’s top artists

Watch this fascinating video to take a look at how three intriguing Trumbull and Porter murals were installed on the hotel’s exterior walls by some of the Detroit’s most well-known visual artists: Ouizi, Michelle Tanguay, and Ellen Rutt.

Learn more about the Trumbull and Porter hotel, the award-winning, on-site Red Dunn Kitchen, and the property’s extensive art program in our feature story on Riley.

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Contributor Mary Noe is a freelance writer who offers a fresh approach on local happenings, keeping readers current on travel, community, and lifestyle trends. 

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