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Greater Hudson Store

1206 Woodward Avenue
Detroit MI United States

Status:destroyed
Construction Dates
  Began1911
  Finished1927
  Destroyed1998
Floor Count29
Basement Floors5
Floor Area220,499 m²
Building Uses
 - retail
 - office
 - restaurant
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - chicago school
Materials
 - steel
 - limestone
 - granite
 - brick

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Flagpole520 ftControlled Demolition
Spire520 ft
Roof439 ftControlled Demolition

Description
- Architect: Smith, Hinchman, & Grylls

- Demolition Company: Controlled Demolition

- Length x Width: 128 m x 67 m

- Hudson's is the tallest building ever imploded.

- Hudson's is also the largest structural steel building ever imploded.

- And, at 2.2 million square feet, Hudson's is the largest single building ever imploded.

- The demolition of this building accidentially damaged the elevated People Mover mass transit rail line in downtown Detroit.

- Upon it's completion, Hudson Company Department Store was the tallest department store in the world, and was never surpassed until it was demolished.

- Hudson's was also the second largest department store building in the United States only be surpasssed by Macy's in New York City.

- The entire complex consisted of 34 floors: 3 mechanical basement levels, 2 retail basements, 23 above-ground retail floors, and a 6 story storage/mechanical penthouse.

- The 2-story retail basement levels contained the Hudson Basement Budget Store.

- Hudson Department Store undwent 12 expansions with the last one finishing in 1946 which completed the project.

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