A long-vacant hotel in Detroit slowly returns to life

There’s an interesting little piece at Detroit News Online about the restoration of the Pick-Fort Shelby Hotel in Detroit. The short article paints a pretty good picture of the special challenges of restoring a building that has been abandoned for a very long time. The article also highlights the difficulties of rehabbing a structure that boasts building technologies that have since been all but lost–in this case, a marble shoe shine stand.

Here’s the piece: Artists labor to re-create Pick-Fort Shelby’s grandeur

For more on the history of the Fort Shelby Hotel, hop on over to Forgotten Detroit.

Published in: on February 5, 2008 at 7:37 pm  Comments (1)  
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  1. Michigan apparently has a Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit. I wonder if that is being considered?

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