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Hidden for Decades, Belle Isle Aquarium's Skylights Are Back

[Photo: Burton Collection]

For the first time in 60 years, sunlight is brightening the eerie interior of Belle Isle Aquarium. First opened in 1904, the building was originally designed with three circular skylights meant to provide illumination and fresh air. All were sealed off in the 1950s (every architectural crime happened in the 1950s) and largely forgotten. Now, two of the three skylights have been restored.

Care for more photos? Check out Curbed's original photo tour of the aquarium.