The Red Light Life Of The Bandemer’s Hotel In Detroit, Michigan

Author(s): Bridget A Bennane

Year: 2018


Orleans Landing is a multi-block urban archaeological site in Detroit with remains dating to the 19th and early 20th centuries; this neighborhood reflects the fast-paced growth of the city during the period. In 2014-15 Orleans Landing was excavated by a CRM company and in 2017 the artifacts were turned over to Wayne State University for cataloguing, analysis, and storage. The collection contains about 30,000 artifacts and covers multiple building lots. This poster presents artifact analysis conducted on one particular site, Bandemer's Hotel, excavations of which produced many different artifacts of foodways, toys, pottery, construction, medicine, and fashion. Bandemer's Hotel was situated in the heart of Detroit's late-19th-century red light district. This poster uses results of artifact analysis from the hotel to examine the role that the Orleans Landing site had in Detroit on a broad scale, and how the occupants of the hotel site negotiated everyday life in the city. 

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The Red Light Life Of The Bandemer’s Hotel In Detroit, Michigan. Bridget A Bennane. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441680)

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Hotel Red-light Urban

Geographic Keywords
North America United States of America

Temporal Keywords
19th and 20th centuries

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 626