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Esp
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Posted on Sunday, April 01, 2007 - 5:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I was curious when the cornices were removed from the Broderick Tower? And did the owner go with the lowest bidder when it came to remodeling? It looks like cinder block up there. And don't get me started on the whale. That poor building has been bastardized.
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Gistok
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Posted on Sunday, April 01, 2007 - 7:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Esp,

Back in the mid 20th century a lot of downtown buildings were "upgraded" to remove a lot of their "gingerbread" ornamentation. The David Whitney Building, the United Artists Building, the Michigan Mutual Building (tallest on W. Adams), and the Broderick Tower were among them. Now I cannot say for sure that these buildings lost their cornices in the 1950's (when that 82 year old lady was killed by falling cornice debris, and the City told all building owners to remove or secure their cornices)... or if it happened during an earlier modernization.

These 4 buildings all had a lot of changes made to their outside appearance, and may have lost their cornice earlier than the 50's.

In the case of the Broderick, not only was the cornice removed from the top, but also the "Chippendale headboard" style embellishments that topped off the building, just above the cornice line. In any case the buildings appearance has suffered ever since, with or without the mural.

The Michigan Mutual Building (formerly Stroh's HQ) lost its' 4 pinnacled corner "pavilions" on top, that were in a Beaux Arts style. Each of them looked like a wedding cake.
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Psip
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Posted on Sunday, April 01, 2007 - 8:39 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

1958 was the year when much of it crumbled down. State Senator Blondy was almost hit by a cornice at his campaign headquarters. This also was when the B-C had its ginger bread removed.

4/15/77
A big chunk of cement from the corner of the decaying David Broderick Towers'15 th floor fell to the ground spraying fragments of concrete and bouncing back into the windows of a nearby Fried Chick Restaurant.
The top cornices were removed almost 20 years earlier.

(Message edited by PSIP on April 01, 2007)
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Rhymeswithrawk
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Posted on Tuesday, April 03, 2007 - 3:25 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Freep has photos of Opening Day action in Tuesday's paper and there's one of the part-owner of the Broderick standing on top of his building. My guess is he didn't go up for a breather after a hard day of finally REHABBING THAT FRICKIN' BUILDING!

Oh well, at least the whales are back out and frolicking on the side... ... FOR NOW!
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Fareastsider
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Posted on Tuesday, April 03, 2007 - 10:18 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I was excited to go in the Broderick on opening day. I wonder if they had a legal occupancy for that bar....it opened quick. I wanted to find my way to a staircase and go to the top. one day...
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Wilus1mj
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Posted on Tuesday, April 03, 2007 - 2:50 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That picture of the owner looking out from the roof was awesome...what a view!!
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Tkelly1986
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Posted on Tuesday, April 03, 2007 - 3:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

where did you all see these pictures?
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Gistok
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Posted on Tuesday, April 03, 2007 - 3:54 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Was it Michael Higgins up on the roof???

Did any Forumers yell "JUMP"!! :-)
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Adamjab19
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Posted on Tuesday, April 03, 2007 - 4:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It was in the Freep today in the Opening Day section. His name is Jeff Taylor of Gross Pointe Park. Says he is part owner. I said what an asshole. Why doesn't he rehab it so more people can enjoy the view.
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Rhymeswithrawk
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Posted on Tuesday, April 03, 2007 - 4:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

where did you all see these pictures?

It's on page 5T on the bottom right. It's in the Opening Day wraparound section.
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Gistok
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Posted on Tuesday, April 03, 2007 - 5:20 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Adamjab19.... how do you know he is an Asshole?

For many years this building was solely owned by slumlord Michael Higgins, who couldn't afford to fix it up.

Maybe this guy is now one of Higgin's new (in the last year?) investment partners... so that it can finally be fixed up, as the KraemerDesignGroup pics show.

If that's the case, then you certainly shouldn't begrudge him!
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Adamjab19
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Posted on Tuesday, April 03, 2007 - 5:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You are right. I don't know. Knee JERK reaction that is all. If he is in the business of fixing up the building for real, then I take my comment back.
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Gistok
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Posted on Tuesday, April 03, 2007 - 5:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I certainly don't begrudge you for being frustrated with that building... we all are! :-)

We'll just have to keep our fingers crossed...
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Tigers2005
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Posted on Tuesday, April 03, 2007 - 9:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It looks like you can see the whales on the BT in the picture above (there is a tower crane just to the right of it). Am I wrong?
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Urbanize
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Posted on Friday, April 06, 2007 - 12:18 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

bump
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Cmubryan
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Posted on Friday, April 06, 2007 - 12:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I was watching channel 10 last night and they are submitting their plan next week to CC and "hope to start construction soon." Higgins is the major investor with several other local investors. Their latest plans are 3-4 retail spaces, 4 floors of offices and the remainder will be approx 175 apts.

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