Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 52 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Good-bye Donovan Building

For 80 years The Donovan Building has stood catty-corner from St. John's, over the freeway (actually, the freeway came later). In haste to make Detroit look pretty for the Super Bowl, it is being torn down - after having been empty for 30 years when Motown Records moved to California. It will be a paved parking lot in time for the Super Bowl, and supposedly will be developed soon afterwards (they have been saying that since I arrived here).

It is sad to see beautiful buildings go, but then again it has been quite the eyesore for many years! The photo to the top left is after the first half of the building, an attached smaller building on the other side called the Sanders Building was removed to make room for the Donovan Building to fall. The second photo, on the right, shows the St. John's tower behind what is left of the Donovan Building last week. Below is the remains as of today.