not all those who wander are lost

Somewhat happier days; The Luben in August of 2004.

Here it is today – the historic facade completely razed to the ground. But…… the back end of the building is still there ? And it is still on fire ! [as of 2pm] So what was the purpose of the emergency demolition of the facade, which was not burning ?

I have personally never seen a demolition company dispatched before the body was even cold – here they are arriving yesterday morning at about 11am as the DFD was leaving.

Remember when the Studebaker burned down and took Piquette Market with it ? The burned rubble and the burned rotting meat sat there stanking for weeks. You could smell it at Tastefest in New Center that year, when the wind blew in that direction. Smelled like bbq’ed death.

How about Eastown Theater ? That still has “emergency” demo notices posted right on it.

Im just saying….you guys smashed the wrong end, and it is still burning.

7 Responses to Razing the Luben Facade

  • Thanks johnnyphoenix ! And I agree 100%. The people here dont get it either.

  • Dammit. The Luben were a favorite of mine, even never having been to Detroit. Like a smaller version of the Grand Army building. By the time I save enough money to get there, it’s likely that even more of Brush Park may be gone… The administration in Detroit doesn’t seem to know or care what it’s doing to let their glorious ruins pass into dust… WTF…

    Dfunk, your work is extraordinary, thanks for sharing it with us.

  • dfunk, did you by chance get the name of the demo contractor who was on site?

    It might be interesting to see who they are related to (nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more)…

  • Sad to see this one go up. Certainly a one of a kind.

    Great photos as usual funkster.

  • nope – wasnt me

  • Did you get there between 1:30 and 2:00 today? I talked to Steve from the Freep for a few minutes on my way out and I was wondering if that was you that I passed?

  • Nail – I actually had that video re-edited with the “luden” spelling and ready to go…youre so rarely – if ever – wrong about such details. I wouldnt be surprised to learn it went under both names at some point. lol

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