The city of Detroit has appeared here on World Abandoned a lot. Sadly the city is suffering badly as a result of the world financial crisis and the downscaling of the motor industry. Buildings have been left abandoned throughout the city however the Hotel Charlevoix was actually closed well before the financial crash. It has now been demolished.
The Hotel Charlevoix was opened in 1905 and was one of the oldest hotels in the city. It was originally intended for use as an office building however it spent the first 10 years of its life as a hotel before being converted to an apartment building. In 1922, it was converted again, this time into a commercial property for a number of companies. It was eventually closed in the mid-1980s. The building has been abandoned ever since.
The main staircase of the Hotel Charlevoix was removed following its closure meaning there was little access to the upper floors. In March 2012, bricks fell from the front of the building onto a car and it was decided something needed to be done with what the city deemed an eyesore. The hearing about the demolition of the building was told that the hotel was a target for squatters and urban explorers and sometimes attracted a criminal element. The owner didn’t have the money to do anything with the building so the city was needed to step in. Demolition approval was denied while the owner was given 2 weeks to provide an alternative plan. He came up with the money for demolition and on June 23rd 2013, the Hotel Charlevoix was demolished.
Location: Detroit, Michigan, USA