The buildings’ fate remains entangled in a potential legal battle with preservationists and Detroit City Council.
One Detroit Center is Michigan’s tallest office building.
The abandoned, neglected Albert Kahn high-rise is in the shadow of the planned Red Wings arena and entertainment district.
Detroit’s Downtown Development Authority is negotiating the sale of the 89-year-old building to a group of developers that wants to build 60 high-end apartments with commercial and retail space on the lower floors.
Billionaire Matty Moroun has pledged for years to clean up the Michigan Central Station, one of Detroit’s most iconic symbols of decay.
They are architectural gems, many of them more than a century old, with fascinating histories.
Investigators believe the fire on Woodward Avenue near downtown was intentionally set.
The 15-story gothic-style building is owned by Detroit’s Downtown Development Authority, which has let the building rot while spending $285 million in public funds for a new Red Wings arena.
The 2,500-seat theater once hosted the Kinks, the Who, Jefferson Airplane, Cream, Yes, Fleetwood Mac, Steppenwolf, King Crimson, MC5 and the Stooges.
Once lined with opulent homes, Alfred Street in Brush Park is largely vacant, an early victim of residential flight.