Ransom-Gillis House, Detroit

I took this photo of the house at Alfred and John R back in 1983. See www.63alfred.com/ for a great history of this place. Its still standing, though in the stabilizing process its detail has become a bit blurred. For a long time this might have been one of Detroit's most spectacular and visible ruins.

 

I wish I had spent a lot more time in this neighbourhood that day with a few extra rolls of film. Brush Park still had a lot of its spectacular buildings still standing at that point.

 

Early photo of the house...

www.flickr.com/photos/southofbloor/4136336583/

 

CBC's "The Hour, with George Stromboulopoulis" used this last night (Tuesday March 9, 2010) as the backdrop to GS in their "Mile a Minute" segment on Detroit and its potential rebirth as a centre of urban agriculture.

 

www.flickr.com/photos/southofbloor/4424354747

 

Noted that John Kossik has now posted a great photo of this place (by Bruce Harkness) that was taken about 5 years before this shot that I took. 2nd picture down on the page...

 

www.63alfred.com/ransomgillishousepics.htm

 

You can see a glimpse of the house in the opening scenes of "Beverley Hills Cop", showing the Detroit Eddie Murphy's character had come from.

 

Nicole Curtis just announced her intent to do a project around this house for "Rehab Addict." Looking forward to seeing what she does. Great respect.

  • Equinox27 6y

    My shot from 2001:
    Ransom Gillis (detail)
  • Scott Weir 6y

    Great you got that gables window hoods -looks like its been simplified now. Thats an amazing gable composition. Sorry I missed it.
  • Adam Birrell 5y

    George Stroumboulopoulos just featured this photo in his news segment on The Hour while talking about Detroit's current proposal / idea to turn to argriculture in abandoned sections of the downtown (Mar. 9, 2010). I wonder if he knew it was from 1983! I recognized your photo right away, being an admire of this series.
  • Scott Weir 5y

    Really? Interesting - hadn't heard about it. Will look into it.
  • hipchickindc 5y

    Hi Scott,

    Per our previous communication, would you be willing to give me permission to download this and possibly some others? (Your permissions say that you have disabled downloads...which is cool...I do too). I'd really like to print out to use in the studio.

    Thanks!
    Suzanne
  • hallecats36 5y

    I want to be there! How Cool!
  • Studio Gauthier 5y

    gorgeous home.
  • Scott Weir 5y

    Noted that John Kossik has now posted a great photo of this place (by Bruce Harkness) that was taken about 5 years before this shot that I took. 2nd picture down on the page...

    www.63alfred.com/ransomgillishousepics.htm
  • Equinox27 5y

    Thanks for the link, Scott. I'll be getting that book as well!
  • Equinox27 4y

    Got the book. It has virtually no pictures but a lot of the history of the people that lived there.
  • cam phone guy 4y

    Bobby Alcott I tried finding any photos of your neighborhood but couldn't. As a former Detroiter (East Detroit actually but with grandparents that lived in the city) I'd love to see some of that area. My collection of Old Detroit may interest you- see www.flickr.com/photos/rushhourphoto/sets/72157622681694060/
  • lazy south's travels 4y

    A beautiful-looking building.
  • Kitten of DOOM. 4y

    Aw wow it was so beautiful.
  • robert mcnutt 4y

    i was just there last month, that area made me feel , like i was going to get really sick , really fast, to see such beauty in such a state of ruin, personally i felt as if i could hear the desperate wispering cries for help, as i past each wreck !
  • Joe Augstell 3y

    Jesus... I got some photos kinda like that, lemme know what you think
  • CrispyFotos.com 3y

    hope it gets restoration ... saw the other house.
  • victor98_2001 3y

    great shot
  • Francisco Aragão 3y

    nice architecture !
  • netman311 2y

    Just bought the e-book on my Kindle, "63 Alfred Place - Where Capitalism Failed", Dec 2012 by John Kossik.

    I like to get some background first on my reading material as it makes it more interesting. Looking forward to reading it.

    Alan
  • Scott Weir 2y

    Great!
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