The former Detroit Free Press building, an Art Deco high-rise that housed Michigan’s most storied newspaper for 73 years, has been vacant since 1998.
That could change soon after the building was purchased in September by a company that appears to be connected to Dan Gilbert.
In 2014, I toured the building and discovered it had been badly neglected. Walls were covered in black mold. Pigeon carcasses and droppings were scattered across the floors. Marble walls were tagged with graffiti. And ground floor-level windows were broken.
Below are photos of the interior from 2014.
Check out our friends at HistoricDetroit.org and Detroiturbex.com for more history and photos of the building.
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Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.