so, on saturdays, ryan and i like to drive around downtown detroit. not to all the cool places that everyone loves like the stadiums and hockeytown and all that, but to abandoned buildings, forgotten treasures, hidden antique shops, and historic neighborhoods. this particular building is right by detroit river walk and chene park… there is a bay door missing so we got to sneak inside for a few minutes before a customs officer drove by and kicked us out.
next time i will bring my actual camera because my cell phone just doesn’t do it justice. the second photo is thanks to google earth :) huge… absolutely massive. then i researched a little to find out that its one of the oldest buildings in detroit, built in 1892 and was originally detroit dry docks, a ship building company. then a number of tenants passed it around until the 60’s when it was known as the globe trading company (which you can still see faintly painted on the side of the building).
in the 90’s, mayor archer talked about using it as a casino and then in 2006 they were supposed to renovate the space into condos with retail space beneath, but clearly that never happened. such a bummer, i would just love to get my hands on this building. lots of work needed but what a great piece of history right?
anyway… here is a link to a great article by tony barlow at the huffington post for all you “detroiters” and yes i am guilty. i am from “detroit” but really… royal oak :) hopefully one day we will move down there. keeping my fingers crossed! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/toby-barlow/detroit-meet-detroit_b_1097133.html