I always thought that the tower portion of the Whittier was a bit awkward/ugly and assumed part of my perception had to do with the inappropriate replacement windows. Seeing your photos made me want to go look for a historic view of this building. The image I found on Virtual Motor City shows that not only have the windows been changed but a significant amount of ornamentation has been lost from the top floor of the east & west wings.
I hope this renovation can restore some of the dignity to this building. The last picture is reassuring, but seeing the center entrance all torn up in the second to last image is a little scary.
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