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Relive Historic Detroit Through Its Renovated Architecture


Detroit is a city with a rich history and one of the only ways to actually experience its past is through the remaining architecture throughout the city. Over time, many of the city’s greatest constructions were met with abandonment or neglect, but in an age that some are calling a “renaissance” for the Motor City, historic buildings, like the Wurlitzer Building and the David Stott Building, are having new life breathed into them.

The Siren Hotel (Wurlitzer Building)

What was formerly known as the Wurlitzer Building will soon be known as The Siren Hotel once it opens in the coming weeks. The building, which was first erected in 1926, will be home to hotel residents, two retail spaces, a rooftop deck and seven food & beverage spaces. Two of those spaces will house Albena, an 8-seat, tasting menu-only restaurant from former Torino chef Garrett Lipar, and Candy Bar, a 30-seat cocktail lounge from former Standby mixologist Dorothy Elizabeth.

The Plaza (Hammer & Nail Building)

Formerly used for office space, the Hammer & Nail Building recently reopened and rebranded itself as The Plaza, a 12-story building with 72 apartments (all of which contain either one or two bedrooms). While located in Midtown, the apartments offer great views of the city and the iconic neon Hammer & Nail sign has been moved to the lobby where there is space for retail locations.

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David Stott Building

Built in 1929, this 38-story skyscraper was acquired in 2015 by Bedrock Detroit and has been under construction with plans to open its doors once again in 2018. There will be residential, retail and office space, but no specifics on what businesses we can expect to find there. No word on whether the stylish lounge SkyBar will reopen either.

Press Room Cafe & Market (Detroit News Building)

With a name that pays homage to the building’s history as the former site of The Detroit News headquarters, Press Room Cafe & Market opened this past April and serves coffee, tea, smoothies and meals for those that are on-the-go. The restaurant has partnered with Intelligentsia Coffee and Mercato by Fabio Viviani.

The Third Precinct Police Station

Detroit’s Third Precinct Police Station was on the market for quite a while before being sold last spring. The new owners have plans to renovate the building, located at the corner of Gratiot and Hunt Street, into an office/co-working space. While it served as a police station from the day it opened in 1897 until 1959, much of the building requires renovations and new owners Kevin and Matthew Morin of local IT company Marco Connect, plan to reuse as much of the building material as they can.

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