State Savings Bank Building Rescued and Restored

Curbed Detroit is reporting the State Savings Bank Building has been restored and is now available for rent as an event venue. The building was in bad shape and appeared to be headed for demolition when it was purchased in 2014. The building has been restored and is now open. (The Beaux Arts structure was placed on the NRHP in 1982.)

The 72,000 square foot building covers most of a city block and opened in 1900. It was designed by the New York firm of McKim, Mead & White and is likely the only building in Detroit designed by the firm. The structure was purchased in 2014 for $3.25 million by a real estate investment firm lead by Dan Gilbert.

For more about the restoration, including a photo essay, see A look inside the recently redeveloped State Savings Bank from Curbed Detroit.

An art display entitled “Mirage Detroit,” is on display in the bank building and will be open for at least four months. It is the creation of artist Doug Aitken and lighting designer Andi Watson. A description with photographs can be found at Mirage Detroit, published by Curbed Detroit.

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