Video: Hotel Charlevoix Falls From High-Rise to Rubble In 1 Minute


The Hotel Charlevoix was built in 1905 on Park Street. [Photo from WXYZ]

After 108 years at Park and Elizabeth, the former Hotel Charlevoix became a pile of rubble Sunday.

And yes, of course the demolition was videotaped. The one-minute clip below shows the action as 11 stories crumble without an implosion.

"After cutting the steel I-beams supporting the old hotel, cables were used to bring the building down upon itself," history buff and author Dan Austin writes in the Free Press

There was no realistic hope for the Charlevoix, but you can’t help but feel a little sting at another piece of Detroit’s history being erased by one good tug.

The Grand Circus Park site opposite the Bucharest Grill and Cliff Bell's will become a parking lot "because that's how you have to treat historic buildings in Detroit," as Paul Beshouri posted earlier at Curbed.  

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