Tuesday, 9 October 2012

The Engine Works Detroit - a follow up

I know I'm pushing my luck with two Detroit based posts in a row and previously I've never really needed or felt the need to do a follow up post - but a recent news story of one of the buildings I recently published on my blog is looking to receive a new life. You might remember my post about the former Detroit Engine Works Company complex - six buildings along the Detroit Riverside which was the result of the merger between the Dry Dock Engine Works and the Detroit Dry Dock company in 1899. Once the 4th largest employer in the city, even to the then young and unknown Henry Ford. But on Saturday the Governor of Michigan - Rick Snyder launched the $12.8 million rebuilding of this complex into an adventure and learning complex The Oakland Press reports

Snyder is reported as saying;

"I want everyone to remember what that [the building] looks like today  so when we come back and see what it looks like, we can see what the power of working together can do and the opportunity to reinvent Michigan and the opportunity to reinvent Detroit". 

Work on the Detroit Engine Works complex is expected to begin at the end of this year or the start of 2013, it's thought to be up and running by late 2013. 

Hopefully just another step in the right direction for the city and I'm happy to see an important building finding a new lease of life, rather then being left to root, forgotten or demolished.


  1. This sounds like such a positive step for such a historic building, and the new purpose being an adventure and learning complex is brilliant - what a meaningful way of bringing the building into the lives of younger generations! :-)

    Jem xXx

  2. It's such a beautiful building and could become something very exciting. Please do keep up with the Detroit posts, even if I have to comment each time to ask you to do more!

  3. Such good news that the building is getting a promising future, nothing is more awful than an abandoned (once greatly loved) place. And the progress will be interesting to watch too xxx