Using reclaimed materials at the new retail building – Part 2

Stepping inside the new retail building, the floors are the first thing that you might notice. The wood for the floors comes from 2 deconstructed barns, one from Livingston County, built in 1882, and one from Lapeer County, built in 1914. The wood lives on in our beautiful floors. Looking straight ahead upon entering, you'll notice a staircase made from thin slats of wood. The wood you are seeing is actually leftover material from building the rooftop cabins. The wood is lath that originally was behind the drywall when the El Moore was built. The staircase framing came from a deconstructed house in Detroit. For the stair treads, window trim and baseboards, we were fortunate to find 90% of the wood from 2 deconstructed barns, one from Dundee, built in the 1880's, and one from … [Read more...]

Using reclaimed materials at the new retail building – Part 1

If you have walked by the corner of Alexandrine and Second in the last year you have observed a large construction fence, and behind it piles of materials that have slowly contributed to the formation of a 2-story retail building and the 'hardscape,' or permanent planting bed foundations, for the gardens. The building, garden beds, fence, columns and entrance tank have all come from reclaimed items, some sourced locally, and some from as far away as New York. Below you'll see photos of some of the features of this new space, all developed from these reclaimed materials. This post focuses primarily on exterior features created from the reclaimed materials. In the next post, I'll describe some interior features.   Let's start with the scratch brick that comprises most of … [Read more...]

Read about us in Preservation Magazine

We love Preservation Magazine, and were fortunate enough to be profiled in this year's winter edition.  Courtney Balestier, the article's author, spent quite a bit of time interviewing various people associated with the El Moore and the piece was beautifully written, reflecting the building and its occupants well. It also includes the best (in my opinion) photo of the front of the building that has been taken. Take a look! Thanks, Courtney! Detroit's El Moore Building Gets An Eco-Friendly Rehab … [Read more...]

Construction update on the El Moore Gardens

We're into the new year, and it's about time for an update on the progress of the area adjacent to the El Moore which we are calling the El Moore Gardens. The Gardens project consists of 2 parts: an actual garden area with trees, shrubs, lawn, walkways and benches; and a 2-story building which will eventually house retail and food-service businesses. Most of the greenery has either been planted or kept safely for the winter. The building is nearing completion. Here are some photos so you can see the progress.           … [Read more...]

The Dalgleish Cadillac Water Tower Finds a New Home at the El Moore

The El Moore building, built in 1898, has seen its share of economic ups and downs in Detroit over the years. The Great Recession, which officially lasted from December 2007 through July 2009, was the worst economic time for the United States since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The U.S. auto industry and the City of Detroit were particularly hard hit by both the 2007/2008 mortgage crisis and the near-demise of two of the “Big Three” U.S. car companies in 2008/2009. General Motors Corporation (GM) was the largest recipient of the government restructuring package, and the company was forced to close many dealerships, including Dalgleish Cadillac in Detroit, GM's first Detroit Cadillac dealership, and also its last Detroit Cadillac dealership. Dalgliesh Cadillac closed its doors on … [Read more...]

Walking Around the El Moore: The Children’s Center

The Midtown neighborhood where the El Moore is located is a wonderful mix of residential units, cultural venues, business and retail establishments, entertainment stages, religious institutions, and social services agencies. Just one block from the El Moore is The Children’s Center, a specialized clinical services facility with a staff that works with children who have behavioral, emotional, educational, intellectual, and developmental challenges, as well as those who have experienced trauma. The mission of The Children’s Center, as stated on its website, is “To help children and families shape their own futures.” As we all know by now, the Midtown/Cass Corridor area has a very long and rich history and the same can be said for The Children’s Center. It was founded in 1929 by then United … [Read more...]

A closer look at Cass Corridor artist Robert Sestok

This month, Essay'd, a writing project I'm part of that publishes short, illustrated essays about contemporary Detroit artists, takes a look at the work of Robert Sestok, the longtime Cass Corridor artist whose one-year-old sculpture park is located just a stone's throw from the El Moore. The author of the essay is Dennis Nawrocki, a seasoned professor of art history at both Wayne State and the College for Creative Studies, as well as an old friend of Sestok's and a deeply-rooted participant in the Detroit art scene. (He's been writing about Cass Corridor art, in particular, since the early '80s.) "Rarely," his new essay begins, "does one get to see a full bore display of an artist’s oeuvre, all at once and all in one place." He continues: Robert Sestok counts as the standout … [Read more...]

El Moore Guests Become El Moore Residents

The El Moore building, now a sustainably restored and operated residential apartment building and urban lodge, has stood watch over the corner of 2nd Avenue and West Alexandrine Street in Detroit Michigan since 1898. Today, the El Moore Lodge offers guests from near and far a unique range of beautiful accommodations, a sustainable urban guest experience, and unsurpassed customer service right in the heart of Detroit in the walkable and bikeable Midtown/Cass Corridor area near Wayne State University. Many guests to the El Moore Lodge are actually local residents who desire a non-traditional bed-and-breakfast type stay for a few days, just to experience the diverse offerings of the City of Detroit. Some guests know what will see and do when they stay at the El Moore Lodge, while others are … [Read more...]

Park building – new photo

As of mid-August, here's how the retail building  in our park looks. Newest addition: the first windows!   … [Read more...]

Park construction update – August 1, 2016

If you live near or pass by the corner of Alexandrine and Second, you're aware of the development of the park on the northwest corner, adjacent to the El Moore apartment building. Late last week we were finally able to see a more fully developed view of the 2-story building that will reside on the north end of the park, butting up to the green alley. A roof is now on, and by the end of this month we should be able to see the limestone and brick facade being applied. Current work includes plumbing, electrical and insulation. The building will be mixed-use, with retail space, food and/or drink vendors, a stage, bathrooms and space for yet-to-be-determined purposes. The entire park should be ready for use by early next spring. … [Read more...]