Canadian firm wants to demolish historic, ornate bank building over protests

Canadian firm wants to demolish historic, ornate bank building over protests

If a Toronto-based firm gets its way, a 112-year-old building in downtown Detroit will be demolished to make way for a parking lot. Triple Properties Inc., which bought the ornate, historic building for $700,000 earlier this month, acknowledged the plan Thursday. The firm also bought the adjacent Penobscot Building this year and says it needs […]

Historic Masonic Temple at risk of closing? Unpaid bills stack up; demand low

Historic Masonic Temple at risk of closing? Unpaid bills stack up; demand low

The world’s largest Masonic temple is in danger of closing because of money troubles and plummeting membership, sources familiar with the situation said. DTE  has threatened to shut off electricity this weekend to the 1,000-plus-room Masonic Temple along the Cass Corridor. With theaters, ballrooms and bars, the massive, 14-story Masonic Temple sometimes racks up energy […]

Historic industrial building makes way for parking lot; Midtown to get research center

Historic industrial building makes way for parking lot; Midtown to get research center

The final walls of the historic building are expected to come crashing down today, sealing the fate of the Albert Kahn industrial structure in Midtown. Wayne State University has been tearing down the two-story building this summer to make way for a parking lot and a staging ground for work on an adjacent, $90-million biomedical research […]

Part 2: Packard Plant crumbles without consequences to owner; city too broke to solve problem

Part 2: Packard Plant crumbles without consequences to owner; city too broke to solve problem

To many, the sprawling Packard Plant is nothing more than a dangerous eyesore and an unsettling reminder of Detroit’s tragic decline. To others, it’s an urban playscape. A mammoth canvas. The Great Ruins of Detroit. But to the embattled city, the 40-acre plant is a stark reminder of how broke and powerless the cash-starved government has […]

Is Detroit’s population loss bottoming out?

Is Detroit’s population loss bottoming out?

The unprecedented exodus from Detroit in the past decade is slowing down, a sign that efforts to draw new residents is working, the Associated Press reports. Detroit shocked the nation when the decennial Census showed the city lost 25% of its population, which dropped to 714,000. It’s unclear what caused the slowdown, but officials in […]

City postpones sale of iconic Lafayette Towers

City postpones sale of iconic Lafayette Towers

The iconic, hulking Lafayette Towers in Detroit won’t go on the auction block Wednesday because the city of Detroit has postponed the sale, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. City officials want to find a responsible owner who won’t let the twin high-rises fall into foreclosure like they did in February. Built in […]

Detroit’s long-forgotten buildings subject of new book

Detroit’s long-forgotten buildings subject of new book

Dan Austin may seem like an improbable Detroit historian. With shaggy sideburns, a strong affection for vinyl records and just 31 years old, Austin has become the go-to guy on Detroit architecture. In true Detroit fashion, Austin earned that distinction with tireless work, uncovering long-forgotten details of the city’s storied high-rises, theaters and churches. In […]

Castle building comes back to life downtown

Castle building comes back to life downtown

By Steve Neavling Like a misplaced castle in downtown Detroit, the Grand Army of Republic building is an unusual, elegant site. After years of abandonment, the 120-year-old building is set to reopen on Veterans Day 2013 following major renovations, according to the new owners, Detroit-based Mindfield. What used to serve as a meeting ground for […]