The David Whitney Building is probably the most well-preserved empty buildings in Detroit. It has an ornate marble entrance and skylit lobby. Soon, it will no longer be empty and a boutique hotel will be in it’s place in 2014.
It was named after the famous lumber baron of Detroit and has since lost it’s cornice pieces and been “modernized.” It was built in the 1920s by Daniel H. Burnham in Beaux Arts Style, although Burnham passed before the construction process even started, his company still constructed the building.
It housed offices of many kinds, especially dentists and doctors. In January of 2011, it was announced that Roxbury Group was heading the renovations. It was planned to start in September but still hasn’t started yet. It could start in December though.
It could also be a start to reviving the Washington Blvd and south Grand Circus Park area back to life.
More on this building? HistoricDetroit.org