Sanders out for the count

The Sanders Building next to the old Motown Headquarters was demo’d last night. As I drove by this morning, there was a crowd of people videotaping and photographing the final aspects of demo. An aquaintance who lives nearby told about the demo and the fact that the wrecking ball chain broke a couple times during the process. Apparently Sanders did not go down without a fight.

The wonderful tile work that made Sanders so beautiful was saved by the DIA, so all was not lost. Now we wait for the Motown Building’s demo. Many are unhappy about it as “we’ll be losing a piece of history.” Truth be told, it is not even the original Motown Building. And even if a new Motown museum were to be built, rumor is Gordon Gordy wants a state of the art building.

Is it sad that yet another building is coming down to be a parking lot? Yes. But in the scheme of things maybe, just maybe this demo will encourage someone to develop what is a prime piece of property will be completely unencumbered by an abandoned building.

Allan has photos from the demo, which he should be posting soon.

4 Comments so far

  1. Brian (unregistered) on January 15th, 2006 @ 7:15 pm

    Sad, but somewhat hopeful. Can’t wait to see the pictures.

  2. Pedropus (unregistered) on January 18th, 2006 @ 6:28 pm

    “The wonderful tile work that made Sanders so beautiful was saved by the DIA, so all was not lost.” Actually, it was. Lost, I mean. You’ll never see those architectural details where the DIA folks have squirelled it away.

  3. randy (unregistered) on January 20th, 2006 @ 5:35 am

    ” rumor is Gordon wants a state of the art building ”

    Berry GORDY….

    The Tiffany Glass mosaics will be displayed after restoration efforts are complete, according to several curators I spoke with this week. Sweet !

  4. MGal (unregistered) on January 20th, 2006 @ 7:56 am

    My bad. Thanks for the correction and info, Randy.

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