Something went wrong with the connection!
 Breaking News

Preserving facade of historic Detroit theater

Preserving facade of historic Detroit theater
January 03
06:16 2018

DETROIT: A real estate agency is hoping to preserve the front of a historic theater building in downtown Detroit as groundbreaking nears for an area development project.
Bedrock is planning to break ground on the Monroe Blocks project in the first half of 2018. The more than $800 million project is expected to take almost three years to complete, and will include an office tower and four residential buildings, the Detroit News reported.
Conceptual drawings released by Bedrock propose incorporating the facade of the National Theatre within the project. The drawings show the white-glazed terra-cotta facade used as a gateway to a pedestrian walkway.
Pieces of the facade will be removed from the site and safely stores elsewhere during restoration, said Kumar Kintala, Bedrock’s director of development. The restored structure will eventually be brought back to a location within the site, but the specific spot hasn’t been determined.
“We’ve seen over the past few years the work we’ve done in restoring buildings; they have a lot of value,” Kintala said. “That’s what makes Detroit unique. Here’s a feature that Detroiters have walked by for 40 years. The facade is crumbling and the back of the building dilapidated. We think it would bring a lot of value to the public to restore it.”
Some preservationists have expressed frustration with the plan to demolish the 106-year-old theater, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. A group called Preservation Detroit issued a letter this fall pointing out the building’s significance as the last theater in the district.
“It’s really just a missed opportunity,” said Eric Kehoe, Preservation Detroit’s board president. “(Bedrock) should be the lead. They’ve done great work with some of the other rehabs in preserving Detroit. It’s better to save old buildings than to tear them down. … Once it’s gone, it’s gone. When I walk downtown in 10 years, I want to see our story. We don’t’ look at historic buildings we demolished and feel glad that we did it.” -AP

Comments

comments

Related Articles

E-paper

ADVERTISEMENT

Star Tours

ADVERTISEMENT

Land Sea Homes

IMPORTANT

Please disable your ad blocker to view this site at it’s best, we do not display spam advertisements (Popups & full Page Ads) or any explicit material.
Advertisements serve as a minor source of income for maintaining the website.
Thanks

Submit Feedback – Website Department 

50 SPIRITUAL APPETIZERS – VINOD DHAWAN

50-ad-Indiapost

It’s a lovely book. It feels energetically clear and light. It’s easy to read, dip in and out and most importantly it offers information without fluff! Blessings on this project.

Jac O’Keeffe
Spirituality teacher based in USA.

*Available on Amazon, Flipkart & other online stores*

Polls

Is 10% quota for economically backwards a gimmick?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Subscribe To Our Mailing List

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Subscribe to IndiaPost by Email

Follow us on twiter

Facebook





POPULAR CATEGORIES

Download Media Kit