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.

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Taken in February 1983