not all those who wander are lost

The big football thing is coming, so more powdering of turds around town – this is the Sanders Building on I-75/Woodward. Formerly part of the Motown Office complex along with the adjoined Donovan building. The Sanders building once housed a bank, a restaurant, as well as Motown facilities. On the top floor was recording studios and mixing facilities. The basements of the structure were utilized as echo chambers for the mixing studio. Marvin Gayes masterpiece “What’s Goin’ On” was mixed in this building, with the echo sends recorded in the basements. I am not aware of any major albums being fully recorded here, although they did have full isolation booths and mixers. The “Snake Pit” in the Motown House on Grand Boulevard was still in full use up until Berry Gordy pulled the Detroit plug in the early 70’s.

Note the Motown Blue window panes

This facade is being rehabbed, along with many others around town as part of a project to “fool” visitors into thinking the town is not quite as blown out as is really is.

Stunning terra cotta treatments on the facade

Ooops, looks like UA guy got in here recently !

Deco inlay studded with light bulb sockets.

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