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Leland_palmer
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Post Number: 179
Registered: 08-2004
Posted From: 68.85.145.81
Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2006 - 5:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Looks like they are getting close to sealing up up the Ransom Gillis House.


I have more coverage of the mothballing going on in the area
@ http://fadeddetroit.com
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Motif
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Post Number: 17
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Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2006 - 6:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

hey leland good pix
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Kathleen
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Post Number: 1128
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Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2006 - 6:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks, Leland, for the photos and the link to your Faded Detroit website!!

After watching the house for several years and taking photos sporadically to document the deterioration, I've been driving by the Ransom Gillis every weekend this month to take photos of the progress. It's amazing that after all these years, there is significant progress at stabilizing the building!!! Same for the whole Brush Park neighborhood....something new (up or down) to see every week!!!
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Lowell
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Post Number: 2200
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Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2006 - 11:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This from Thursday:

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Rebuilding the turret:

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Broken_main
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Post Number: 717
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Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2006 - 11:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

We've been watching this one for a looong while. very good to see the progress of this one!!

Does anyone know who owns it???
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Andrew69
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Posted on Sunday, January 22, 2006 - 12:08 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think it is owned by the city. (not completely certain)

The other three houses on that block of Alfred are owned by the city. They rebuilt the roofs, patched the brickwork and probably reconstructed much of the inside with the idea that they would be more atractive for redevelopment. Last time I was there I noticed that one had "SOLD" spray painted on it.

I am wondering what is going to be done with the reconstruction of the turret.

(Message edited by andrew69 on January 21, 2006)
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Eric
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Posted on Sunday, January 22, 2006 - 7:37 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You're right the city or one development agencies owns the building and redeveloping it.

This is a great sight no building probably symbolized the decline of the city more than this one and to see new life in it is good a sign or the city
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Johnfromsaginaw
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Post Number: 72
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Posted on Sunday, January 22, 2006 - 8:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Not to hijack this, but help out a guy from Saginaw with a question:
What kind of buildings remain west of Woodward -- along Sproat, Sibley and whatever the extension of Winder is called? Is that neighborhood residential or small commercial or parking lot or what?
I know there's something over there -- I can see it on Google Earth. But I can't tell what.
Thanks. Brush Park is awesome. I take a tour of the improvements every time we come down to Comerica. I guess I've never thought to take a look over west of Woodward.
John
Photos are always good, too.
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Kathleen
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Post Number: 1134
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Posted on Sunday, January 22, 2006 - 10:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The area that you are referring to is bounded by Woodward on the east, the Fisher Fwy service drive on the south, Park Ave. on the west, and Temple on the north.

Once the Donovan/Motown Building is demolished this week, there is nothing fronting Woodward from the Fisher service drive up to Temple where the Vietnam Veterans Park is on the north side of Temple. Those blocks are mostly empty due to the current demolition and the recent demolition of the one burned-out house on Sproat. But along the western edge of these blocks that front Park St., there are still some buildings left standing, presumably in use. It is mostly parking lot usage for now.

BTW, Henry is the west side continuation of Winder.
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Adamjab19
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Post Number: 608
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Posted on Sunday, January 22, 2006 - 10:50 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

its basically a parking lot for the first block west except for some burnt out hulks and couple decent houses. then comes the eddystone hotel and another building that i cant think of the name right now that are supposedly getting redone. they tore down a couple buildings at the southwest corner of woodward and the servie drive. (motown building that has been covered extensively on this forum.) there is a veterans "memorial park" in the area also. then you come up to the masonic temple/cass park area.
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Danny
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Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - 5:55 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

YAY!! After 35 years of neglect, the Ramson Gillis House is SAVED!
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Gravitymachine
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Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - 10:54 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

awesome :-)
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Detroitduo
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Post Number: 456
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Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - 3:49 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There IS a building on Henry, which is vacant and for sale. Kinda funny, because I watched a guy take the whole second floor of that building, brick by brick during a summer past. On the corner of Henry and Park is the Punk bar... 2300 or something like that. After Park, on Henry is the Hungry Hippo, then the infamous Cometbar. Harry's is on the left. That's about it for that street. Otherwise, all open land.
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Fury13
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Post Number: 832
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Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - 4:00 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would like to see someone rejuvenate the Romanesque-style (1890s, probably) Embassy Apartments at Temple and Park. That's quite a building.
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Goat
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Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - 5:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Add the Scott mansion as well. That is one sweet place.
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Andrew69
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Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - 6:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Where is the James Scott Mansion?
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Kathleen
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Post Number: 1138
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Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - 6:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

At the corner of Peterboro and Park, which is west of Woodward.

Picture: http://www.detroityes.com/webi sodes/2000/01beautiful_light/0 01212-06scott.htm
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Andrew69
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Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - 7:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

So right across Woodward from Brush Park. I'll have to look for it next time I'm there.

Does anyone know when the mansion was converted into apartments because sections of the building (such as the side) look more like an apartment building than a house.

(Sorry if I'm taking this thread a little too far off topic)

(Message edited by andrew69 on January 24, 2006)
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Fury13
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Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - 7:34 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Probably after 1910, which is when James Scott died. The house was built in 1888.

I believe the apartment section was an addition and that the house was originally built only 20 feet (or so) deep. Evidently the neighbor behind Scott (on Park) would not sell him the lot immediately behind the house, so Scott built the house high and wide, facing Peterboro, so it would ruin the view from the neighbor's property.
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Detroit_stylin
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Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - 7:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Damn so James Scott was every bit the arrogant azzhole history made him out to be huh?


LOL

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