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 […]

Award-winning documentary about Detroit firefighters to make Motor City premiere

Award-winning documentary about Detroit firefighters to make Motor City premiere

Critically acclaimed documentary, “Burn,” a feature-length film about Detroit’s distressed firefighters, will make its Motor City premiere Sept. 28 at the Fillmore. Producers Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez will join city firefighters on stage to answer questions after the film. The documentary follows the crew of Engine Company 50, one of the busiest and most […]

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 […]

Mystery solved: Los Angeles artists created installation inside abandoned church

Mystery solved: Los Angeles artists created installation inside abandoned church

Two artists from Los Angeles spent several days assembling an enormous, symmetrical installation of grimy chairs, pianos, TVs, sofas, tables and pews at the Woods Cathedral Church of God in Detroit, the Motor City Muckraker has learned. Photos of the monstrous piece, entitled “Sunday Mass,” were posted on our website Friday, prompting numerous tips about the […]

Mysterious installation found inside abandoned church in Detroit

Mysterious installation found inside abandoned church in Detroit

The Egyptian pyramids. Stonehenge. Crop circles. Now Detroit has its mysterious feat – a tangled installation of pianos, pews, sofas, chairs and anything else found inside the abandoned Woods Cathedral Church of God in Christ in Detroit. The meticulously assembled piece spills across the sanctuary and crawls about 10 feet up the wall. It’s unclear who […]

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 […]