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Lafayette Building

144 West Lafayette Boulevard
Detroit MI United States

Status:destroyed
Construction Dates
  Began1923
  Finished1924
  Destroyed2010
Floor Count14
Basement Floors1
Floor Area21,762 m²
Building Uses
 - unused
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - italianate
 - neo-classical
 - renaissance revival
Materials
 - limestone
 - terra cotta
 - brick

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof182 ftSanborn Fire Map
Main roof167 ftKramer Design Group

Description
- Architect(s): Charles Howard Crane / Elmer George Kiehler

- The building had 178 feet of frontage along Michigan Avenue, 168 feet of frontage along Shelby Street, 135 feet of frontage along Lafayette Boulevard, and was 85 feet in length along its east facade which stood mid-block.

- After years of mismanagement, and a declining tenant base, the building was finally shuttered in 1997.

- A plan by Peebles Corporation announced in the summer of 2005, to convert the building into 125 luxury condominiums units and commercial space, collapsed in early 2007 after the city and developer could not reach an agreement and deal on this project.

- After attempts by a local developer to preserve the structure, the DEGC, which owned the building, voted for its demolition which began in August 2009. It was completed in March 2010.

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