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holly_bernt_the_page_ Zuzu was a little upset when she saw that someone had put a hole through the #albertkahn #graffiti at the #RIC but it does make for a nice view. #dogengineers #homesteadstudios #woventangles 15h

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detroitnews Massive photographs depicting Detroit iconography popped up recently, decorating the exterior of the long-derelict Detroit Free Press building on Lafayette Blvd. in Detroit, Michigan. (Brandy Baker / The Detroit News) #detroit #architecture #photographs #freep #freepress #press #newspaper #journalism #historic #albertkahn #fordfield #classic #cars #automobiles #streetscene #cityscape #art #photography 1d

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jpinthe313 Griswold Building (Griswold Building Senior Apartments)/The Albert
Address: 1214 Griswold (Capitol Park)
Built: 1929
Architect: Albert Kahn; renovation by Sachse Construction (2014)

Albert Kahn, Detroit's most famous architect, designed this 12-story infill building as office space in downtown's Capitol Park. It was built on the site of the Miles Theater, among Detroit's top vaudeville theaters at one time. The Griswold is Art Deco transitioning into Art Moderne. The structure could be viewed as the prototype for another Kahn building, the General Motors Research Laboratory, also known as the Argonaut Building, located on West Milwaukee in the New Center Area, completed the following year.

In 1980, the Griswold was converted into 127 units of low-income housing for the elderly. In 2013, the building was purchased by 1214 Griswold Apartments, LLC. It was announced that the apartment would become "market-rate" units. The seniors living in the building, many of them disabled, were given one year to move.

In May, Detroit Bikes became the Albert's first retailer, opening on the ground floor. Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters, which is based in Rochester, plans to follow with a September opening.

Capitol Park has become ground zero in the city in reference to the always controversial issue of gentrification. I think what's happened with the Griswold, or Albert, if you prefer, can serve as a lesson on how the "new" Detroit should aim to be more inclusive to residents from every sphere of life. #Detroit #Downtown #CapitolPark #ArtDeco #ArtModerne #AlbertKahn #GriswoldStreet #archi_ologie

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