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Kimmiann
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Post Number: 5
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 4:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There is an absolutely gorgeous building on the northeast corner of W. Grand Blvd. & Rosa Parks which has intrigued me for some time. I've searched this forum and haven't come up with anything. It appears to be in use, so it probably doesn't qualify as a 'ruin'. Can anybody tell me anything about it? History? Pics?
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56packman
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 4:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Boulevard Temple home?
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Kimmiann
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 5:01 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Could be. It has a couple of round towers and is surrounded by a black fence. There appears to be a parking lot around the back side of the building.

I'm perpetually running late for work when I drive past the building and have never (I know, shame on me) taken the time to drive around and investigate further.
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Chris_rohn
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Post Number: 167
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Posted From: 69.214.190.236
Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 5:05 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)



This is a former police precinct, currently the headquarters for Phoenix Development.
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Jams
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Post Number: 2552
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 5:06 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Old 5th Precinct?
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Kimmiann
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 5:18 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yep, that's it! Thanks, bunches. I've been curious about that for a while.

Isn't it amazing that police precincts were not always ugly utilitarian square buildings?!?
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Super_d
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 5:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Are you sure you got the cross street right? On the corner of Rosa Parks(12th) and West Grand Blvd is the Boulevard Temple as '56packman' stated.

Serves as a Recovery/Theraputic/Resident home for Seniors. Well run place, I've had a few relatives that were clients there.

I believe before then, it use to be a Detroit Bank In Trust and a Church.

super d(motordetroit)
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Kimmiann
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 5:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Not entirely sure, no. But the picture above is the one I was looking for.

I know it's on Rosa Parks, because I run that up from Fort St. on my way to work. It's the last major cross street before I turn on Forest.
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Aiw
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 5:25 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That building pictured above is at Grand River @ Rosa Parks.
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Super_d
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 5:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

ooooooh that's right...On the other end of West Grand Blvd. Rosa Parks (12th) also crosses on the other end going north.

super d(motordetroit)
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Kimmiann
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 5:50 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Dang it! I always get those two mixed up. How embarrassing! Especially since I take W. Grand on the way home! Thanks for your patience, much appreciated.
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56packman
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 5:53 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

OK-isn't that at Grand River and Trumball, not 12th? (R.Parks). That was a mansion before it was a cop shop. Just up Trumball was the Scripps home. That neighborhood used to have some "prominent citizens" living there.
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Kimmiann
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 5:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I don't think so. I used to take Trumbell across, but Rosa Parks runs (light timing & traffic flow) better, so I'm sure it's 12th.

Of course, after my earlier mix-up, who's going to take my word for it?!?
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Citylover
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 6:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Police precints usually represented security and a fortress like appearance.

I don't know the ones in Detroit as well as I once did but I think that when looked at almost all of them have a fortress like look to convey the idea of security_ like the one in the picture
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Super_d
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 6:23 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That picture is Grand River not Grand Blvd.

super d(motordetroit)
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Rsa
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Post Number: 762
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 6:25 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

people, please; it's trumbull.

the corner of trumbull, grand river, and mlk has a four story white brick building directly on the north-east corner, with the trumbull presbyterian church directly behind it.

the corner of rosa parks and grand river has the former 5th precinct on it. now houses offices for mel washington's pheonix development co. and castle construction.
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Kimmiann
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 6:25 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Right, Grand River and Rosa Parks, not Trumbull.

Does anyone know when it was built or how long it served as a police precinct?
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Kimmiann
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 6:26 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sorry for the Trumbell, typo.
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Rsa
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 6:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

no worries. it looked like it was about to get out of control tho :-)
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Super_d
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 6:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

'Kimmiann' welcome! no need to correct yourself__ there are plenty grammer over-see'ers that will do it fo' you on this forum :-)

super d(motordetroit)
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Cassie1717
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Post Number: 23
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 7:00 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The streets in front of that building are crazy. It's definitely on Grand River, then Rosa Parks kinda comes out of the garage and juts northeast, but Trumbull runs there, too. What a weird circus set-up!
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Rrl
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 8:05 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

As with most of the public buildings a century ago, most of the police stations were quite grand. Too bad nobody in this town ever sees these beauties for what they are/were, public forms of art. This one was at Farmer & Randolph.
farmer and randolph
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Rrl
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Post Number: 441
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 8:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My bad, attempt no.2
f and r

Courtesy WSU
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Jsmyers
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Post Number: 1365
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 8:25 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Where is that picture taken from?

I can't figure out which corner that is.

When was it demoed?
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Aiw
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 8:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

To answer one of Kimmiann's questions:

It was built by Louis Kamper in 1901.
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Rrl
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 8:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jsmyers-
I'm not certain, but I believe it is on the triangular parcel that is just west of the Wayne Cnty building along Randolph. The Detroit Water & Sewerage Bldg. now occupies that site, and from the looks of that structure, I'd have to put demo sometime around the 20's.

What you can't see from the posted photo (I had to crop it to get it up in here) was that the station sat on a triangular site. The front door was facing north-east (me-thinks)
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Hamtramck_steve
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 9:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The site of the Water Board building is the only one possible. You can see the Ferry Company building clearly in the old photo, which is now the Greektown Casino.

Bates would be the street on the left side of the old photo, and Farmer would run to the right. Randolph is behind the old place.
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Jsmyers
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 9:14 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That seems right. The entrance would then be in the SW.
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Ray1936
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 10:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The current DPD headquarters building was built in 1921, so that would be around the time the old headquarters pictured above would have been demo'd.
Back about 1983 I had the pleasure of showing a group of police officers from Sweden around Detroit. As I took them into the lobby of 1300 Beaubien, it seemed to look particularly dirty and shabby that day. I stated to one of the Swedes, "Our building is starting to show it's age, I'm afraid. It was built in 1921.". He looked about and said, "I see." Pause. "Ours was built in 1400."
Boy, the perfect put-down.

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