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United Steelworkers Building
East Chicago, IN
Photo courtesy Kevin Heggi

The United Steelworkers Building is a historic structure located in East Chicago, IN. The building was built in 1927 and is now abandoned. 10-08






Auburn Automobile Company
Auburn, IN
Photo courtesy Richard Weiss

The old Auburn Automobile Company art deco building was built between 1929 and 1930 in Auburn, IN. The building once housed the Auburn Automobile Company which was once a builder of luxury cars, at least until 1938 when the Great Depression forced the company to file bankruptcy. Since 1974, the building has been home to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum showcasing old classics. 10-08



Lafayette Building
Detroit, MI
Photo courtesy Richard Weiss

Here's a look at the Lafayette Building in Detroit, MI. The Lafayette Building had been built in 1923 as a 14-story office space. The Lafayette housed the Michigan Supreme Court among other tenants. The building was closed down in 1997 and is presently owned by the City of Detroit.

Unfortunately, on June 25, 2009, the City's Downtown Development Authority voted unanimously to demolish the building and has already awarded out a demolition contract. According to a Preservation Magazine article, the National Trust for Historic Preservation had named the Lafayette Building to its list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2005. 07-09

The Lafayette Building has been torn down. See more photos of this historic structure at Roadside Peek's Lost Treasures tribute to the Lafayette Building.



Jeep Engineering Building
Detroit, MI
Photos and info courtesy Richard Weiss

Located on Plymouth was this campus like building for Jeep engineering. I knew of it's existence but never saw it before. There are old pictures of it with a Kelvinator sign in the blank spot near the top of the tower and later in script for American Motors Corporation. 10-09

(Far left) A close-up view of the front door and entrance way to the Jeep engineering building in Detroit

(Near left) The historic Jeep building










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