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Ransom-Gillis House, Detroit

I took this photo of the house at Alfred and John R back in 1983. See 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...


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.


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...


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