new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white
View allAll Photos Tagged chowardcrane

© All rights reserved.

 

The Lafayette Building, located at 144 W. Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Detroit undergoes a (somewhat hazardous) demolition for what is being reported as a pocket park.

 

Since being abandoned in 1997, the city of Detroit, the owners of the structure, have failed to mothball the historic 1924 building. After pieces of the facade fell off the building recently, the city rushed to the decision to demolish the Lafayette.

 

What is shown yet again is the lack of vision and planning by the leaders in the city. A piece of urban fabric will be replaced with nothing to take its place.

Another visit to the United Artists Theater, Detroit.

Lafayette Building demolition, dusk

Downtown Detroit, Michigan

Fox Theater

Woodward Ave.

Detroit

This place keeps getting worse and worse.....

 

12 min, f/8.0, ISO 200.

Another visit to the United Artists Theater, Detroit.

 

Note the scars of pillagers... who went through the effort of climbing into the catwalks, and down into the bowl to steal the plaster medallions.

3 photo HDR

 

Another visit to the United Artists Theater, Detroit.

Built in 1942, the State Theater was the last commercial building to be completed in Ann Arbor after the start of World War II.

Originally designed by C. Howard Crane, the Fox Theater in Detroit opened in 1928. This historic theater, located on Woodward Avenue, is located right across from Comerica Park, where the Detroit Tigers play. The Fox holds 5,048 people and is the second largest theater in the US after Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Designated a historical site in 1989, The Fox Theater was the first theater in the U.S. to have built in sound equipment for "talkie" fims ( as opposed to silent films ).

A National Historic Landmark

Detroit, Wayne County, MI

Listed in NR: 02/14/1985

Designated an NHL: 06/29/1989

 

The 1928 theater is the zenith of a particularly American, particularly exuberant, building type, the movie palace. Patrons enter the flamboyant Fox, designed by theater architect C. Howard Crane, through a five-story lobby, ascend a grant staircase guarded by plaster lions and dragons, and enter a 5,042-seat auditorium where monkeys, peacocks, serpents, horses, and strange deities cavort among the Moorish arches under a “tented” ceiling. The décor and the sounds produced by the “Mighty Wurlitzer” organ with its 2,700 pipes make the feature attraction – no matter what it is – take second billing.

 

National Register of Historic Places

 

National Historic Landmarks

© All rights reserved. Contact for licensing or prints - snweborg@gmail.com - www.snweb.org

 

The Lafayette Building, located at 144 W. Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Detroit undergoes a (somewhat hazardous) demolition for what is being reported as a pocket park.

 

Since being abandoned in 1997, the city of Detroit, the owners of the structure, have failed to mothball the historic 1924 building. After pieces of the facade fell off the building recently, the city rushed to the decision to demolish the Lafayette.

 

What is shown yet again is the lack of vision and planning by the leaders in the city. A piece of urban fabric will be replaced with nothing to take its place.

The abandoned United Artists Theater, Detroit. Designed 1927 by C. Howard Crane, and later closed as theater in 1974.

The abandoned United Artists Theater, Detroit. Designed 1927 by C. Howard Crane, and later closed as theater in 1974.

© All rights reserved.

 

The dark and lifeless wings of the Lafayette Building are filled with the color and light of graffiti combined with sodium vapor streetlights, giving life to what man has neglected to appreciate for more then a decade.

 

Detroit, Michigan.

The Auditiorium of the United Artists Theater. Closed in 1984.

( EXPLORED!!! ) It's tough to catch it with all of the lights on at the same time and no cars in the shot. The Fox Theater in Detroit was built in 1928 and was the first movie palace to feature live sound. It was designed by C. Howard Crane. Broadway shows and live music acts still perform here. It is located across the street ( Woodward Ave ) from Comerica Park, and right next to the Hockeytown Cafe. It was the 2nd largest theater in the world at the time it was completed..

The Virginia Theater was designed by C. Howard Crane in 1920 and it opened in 1921. The exterior is is in the Italian Renaissance style and is all gorgeous terra cotta (search me photostream for some close-ups). The interior is designed in the Spanish Renaissance style. Interestingly, the Virginia Theater was not constructed for any one of the major theater chains but commissioned by a local contractor A.W. Stoolman and he named it after his daughter (if you were wondering why a theater named Virginia happens to be in downtown Champaign, IL).

 

The Virginia Theater closed in 1992, and went through a series of owners before being purchased by the Champaign Park District in 2000. They have been slowly restoring the theater.

 

It's a venue for local productions, signature movies, touring companies, and the Roger Ebert Film Festival.

 

The Virginia Theater is on the National Register #03001201.

On June 25, 2009, Detroit's Downtown Development Authority "voted unanimously to tear down the 1923 Lafayette Building."

 

Currently being demolished. (October 2009)

The United Artists Building, designed in 1928 by C. Howard Crane, stands vacant on Bagley Avenue.

The abandoned United Artists Theater, Detroit. Designed 1927 by C. Howard Crane, and later closed as theater in 1974.

Located in the outer lobby. Out of the 6 or so in the building this is only one of two that remains, the others have been smashed and/or stolen.

 

geotagged

 

More info on the United Artists

The Lafayette Building, a 14 story office building in Downtown Detroit, was built in 1923 out of limestone and brick and designed by C. Howard Crane. It was in use until 1997 when it was finally shuttered. Over the past few years there have been plans to turn it into loft apartments, but water damage to the interior, along with other cost factors have prevented this from happening. The building was offered to Quicken Loans for $1 in order to try and entice them into making this their new headquarters, but to no avail. On June 25 of this year Detroit City Council voted unanimously to demolish this old icon. There is still a plan to redevelop this building going on, but they are running out of time.

 

2 restaurants currently in use, American Coney Island ( where the Coney Dog was invented ) and Lafayette Coney are attached to this building. You may notice the artwork on the windows on the left: Every window in this building is covered in graffiti. There is competition among taggers to outdo the artwork left by others on the window, and every now and then you'll see someone's painting scraped off and a new one placed in the window.

This building appears to be doomed.

 

Here is a link to an article about it:

www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008812300334

 

Update: Demolition appears to be complete as of March, 2010.

State Theatre; built 1942; C. Howard Crane, architect.

A view of the five story lobby of the Fox Theater. This theater is unique in having a lobby organ in addition to the Wurlitzer organ in the auditorium.

The abandoned United Artists Theater, Detroit. Designed 1927 by C. Howard Crane, and later closed as theater in 1974.

The Virginia Theater was designed by C. Howard Crane in 1920 and it opened in 1921. The exterior is is in the Italian Renaissance style and is all gorgeous terra cotta (search me photostream for some close-ups). The interior is designed in the Spanish Renaissance style. Interestingly, the Virginia Theater was not constructed for any one of the major theater chains but commissioned by a local contractor A.W. Stoolman and he named it after his daughter (if you were wondering why a theater named Virginia happens to be in downtown Champaign, IL).

 

The Virginia Theater closed in 1992, and went through a series of owners before being purchased by the Champaign Park District in 2000. They have been slowly restoring the theater.

 

It's a venue for local productions, signature movies, touring companies, and the Roger Ebert Film Festival.

 

The Virginia Theater is on the National Register #03001201.

The lovely Fox Theater, Detroit, Mich

 

Designed for 20th Century Fox in 1928 by renowned theater architect C. Howard Crane in Oriental style.

 

Restored in 1988, now features the best shows of Detroit.

© All rights reserved.

 

The Lafayette Building, located at 144 W. Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Detroit is in danger of being demolished.

 

Since being abandoned in 1997, the city of Detroit, the owners of the structure, have failed to mothball the historic 1924 building. After pieces of the facade fell off the building recently, the city rushed to the decision to demolish the Lafayette.. An RFP has been released for demolition.

 

Preservationists are scurrying to quickly get something done. We may have a huge hole in the downtown streetscape if the community does not act fast.

State Theater, Detroit Michigan.

 

geotagged

Detroit's Fox Theatre in the Theatre District.

I finally got a chance to get a better shot than this earlier stab.

 

On June 25, 2009, Detroit's Downtown Development Authority "voted unanimously to tear down the 1923 Lafayette Building."

 

Currently being demolished. (October 2009)

Following a Detroit custom the theater was constructed with an office building around and over the lobby. From the outside, the auditorium itself looks like a large box behind the office building.

The abandoned United Artists Theater, Detroit. Designed 1927 by C. Howard Crane, and later closed as theater in 1974.

Preservation Wayne's annual Theatre Tour.

 

Fox Theatre

Another visit to the United Artists Theater, Detroit.

Preservation Wayne's annual Theatre Tour.

 

Fox Theatre

Detroit's Fox Theatre in the Theatre District.

Lafayette Building

November 7, 2009

1 3 4 5 6 7 ••• 14 15