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Kslice
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Post Number: 12
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Monday, April 23, 2007 - 5:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

When i'm coming to new center from the burbs on 96 i get off on the West Grand exit and stay on that road.

Off to the right i always see this big 30 story building off in the distance. Anyone know what this is? It looks weird to have a 30 story abandoned building in the middle of a neighborhood of 2 story houses.

Anyone seen this or know what it is/ was?
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Ghetto_butterfly
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Post Number: 689
Registered: 09-2004
Posted on Monday, April 23, 2007 - 5:05 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Lee Plaza?
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Ghetto_butterfly
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Post Number: 690
Registered: 09-2004
Posted on Monday, April 23, 2007 - 5:06 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If that's the one you're referring to, search this website, Lowell did a webisode on this building a while ago.
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Charlottepaul
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Post Number: 835
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Monday, April 23, 2007 - 7:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It is extremely rare to have that tall of a housing building in a neighborhood such as that in that time period. It wasn't like a 'housing project' or something that might explain a situation like that, but rather market driven. Commonly you might see in Detroit single family homes or perhaps duplexes on a block with then perhaps some denser/multi-family apartments at the end of the block along the main road.
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56packman
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Post Number: 1248
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Monday, April 23, 2007 - 7:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It's sure sounds like the Lee Plaza by the description. Do as the butterfly suggests, there is a lot on this building already on this site.


Oh, and one other thing--everyone here has decided it's an art deco design despite the Italian renaissance first story and interior, so don't fight it.
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Ghetto_butterfly
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Post Number: 691
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Posted on Monday, April 23, 2007 - 8:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Charlottepaul, my understanding is that the Lee Plaza was - like other buildings at the time such as the Madison Lenox (now demolished since 2005) in Harmonie Park or the Addison building on Woodward to name a few were long-term hotel-type buildings, suited for single professional types staying/living in Detroit in the early 20th century.
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Patrick
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Post Number: 4263
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Monday, April 23, 2007 - 8:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I always wondered why similar "tall" structures werent built near the Lee. It looks like a lone mountain in that area of town.
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56packman
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Post Number: 1249
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Monday, April 23, 2007 - 9:01 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

People (professional/wealthy ones) used to live in hotel suites, as "apartments", yet with all of the services of a hotel. That lifestyle disappeared after WWII with the evaporation of the workforce that was willing to be employed at those wages/hours. Those folk found more meaningful employment in factory work.

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