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Detroit_stylin
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 12:31 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

But the building in Capitol Park is in the beginning stages of being turned into lofts. I think it's the Farwell building? I spoke with three workers earlier this afternoon in the building whoi confirmed this. Any one else know any details?
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Andylinn
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 12:47 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

??1! wow.
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Sean_of_detroit
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 12:54 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This has been rumored for awhile. Nice to hear they have started it. Looks like I'm not the only one who thinks Detroit is still moving, albeit slowly. Of course, the old Tortoise And The Hare moral; "slow and steady win the race", lol.
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Johnlodge
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 8:50 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Nice sleuthing, DS.
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Diehard
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 1:28 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Holy crap. This building?
If they can bring that place back it'd be a HUGE leap forward for that block. Lots of work to do though.
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Bobceng
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 1:39 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I've got Kodachrome slides I took of the Farwell's interior c.1972. If you could see them, you'd REALLY say "holy crap". The lobby had Tiffany/Tiffany-like hanging copperfoil bowl chandeliers, and the brass and woodwork was to die for. As of 1972, the building was occupied, and EVERYTHING was intact, like a museum piece.

(Message edited by bobceng on May 02, 2008)
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Bobceng
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 1:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Oh, yeah, not to forget the vaulted lobby ceiling with it's mosaic-work. Old man Farwell's office was also intact, and featured a HUGE moosehead behind his desk. I have black-and-white shots of that, too. I'm guessing the moosehead's probably gone along with everything else.
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Rrl
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 2:25 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Bob-
It would be great if you had prints made of those slides and scan and post them here; I for one would love to see them.
Also, I recall hearing at one time that the chandeliers were real Tiffany, not knock offs.
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Rrl
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 2:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

So, after some minor googling;
Nice ceilings!

http://www.forgottendetroit.co m/farwell/photos.html
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Bobceng
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 2:34 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm on another thread, asking for advice on converting my film into digital images. I've been given enough info to start doing this. When I get them, I'll post them for you to see. The developer might even be interested. My stuff is all copyright-free.

I was told at the time that the chandeliers were real Tiffany, but the source was the bldg. maintenance manager, so I took it with a grain of salt. When you looked at them up-close, however, the quality said "Tiffany".
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Chris_rohn
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 2:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This is still a Mike Higgins building, correct?
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Xd_brklyn
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 4:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Even thought it was run down and dusty, the Farwell was an awesome building even up into the early '80s.

Was in there twice when a group of young artists were looking to do something with it. They probably made more of a mess than anything, but the interior structure of the atrium and stairs were still intact and impressive.

The artist I remember talking to at that time was working in George Pierrot's old office. Still had the former travel host's name painted on the glass of the door just as in the old movies.

Will be glad to see it occupied again.
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3rdworldcity
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 5:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Three friends and I tried to buy the Farwell in the mid-80's. One of the guys in my group wanted the Tiffany items, including the Tiffany glass skylight, which he figured was valued at that time at around $250,000.

The owner, I believe it was Higgins at that time, refused to sell.

We heard that vandals eventually smashed the skylight and stole the other Tiffany stuff.
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Sean_of_detroit
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 7:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wow! Is that a birch tree growing out the side of the building in two of the pictures in Diehard's first link? Very, very strange. Wow!
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Detroit_stylin
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Posted on Saturday, May 03, 2008 - 5:53 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Last I checked the skylight was still intact...
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Rjlj
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Posted on Saturday, May 03, 2008 - 8:19 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Bobceng, can you contact me at rjlj at hotmail.com please ?
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Rhymeswithrawk
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Posted on Saturday, May 03, 2008 - 8:33 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have some photos of the Farwell Building back in the good ole days with those chandeliers Bobceng was talking about. I'll post 'em when I get home.
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Rjlj
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Posted on Saturday, May 03, 2008 - 11:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Rhymeswithrawk, can you contact me at rjlj at hotmail.com please ?
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Rhymeswithrawk
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Posted on Sunday, May 04, 2008 - 4:10 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The lobby with the chandeliers:

http://i215.photobucket.com/al bums/cc280/buildingsofdetroit/ Buildings/farwell6.jpg

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