not all those who wander are lost

This is the beginning of the facade coming down

The large peak comes down

The chimney comes down

And finally the shorter peak comes down

I dont know this gentlemans name, but he is a genius at the art of demolition. We saw him do things I still dont understand – like pluck the wood from the main window, and then reach through to grab the entire fire escape. He pulled it through the hole without knocking the fragile facade, bent the fire escape into a bowtie, and set it down. The entire facade was demolished with only a few small fragments of brick touching Watson Street. And unlike other recent demolitions, the streetlight was left pristine and unharmed. Amazing.

The final portion of the facade falls.

This is the guy who works for the company who owns the structure, with his men – trying desperately to save any portion of the Zodiacal murals on the western wall. Their efforts were in vain. I had to shake his hand and thank him for trying though. These are good guys who had to do this. They would have preferred to save everything, but were pressured by the City to demolish immediately.

The Zodiacal mural is collapsed.

Nothing left but bricks and burnt wood now.

Another precious part of Detroits history is erased forever.

5 Responses to Arts and Crafts Demolition