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February 2, 2006 – Ransom Gillis Gets A New Lease On Life

Over on the corner of John R. & Alfred, something is happening that I never thought I would see…


The Turret is on life support, but is being saved.

Perhaps Detroit’s most iconic ruin, the Ransom Gillis is getting a new lease on life after deteriorating for almost three deceades.

This is a wonderful event for the preservation community in general. After so many setbacks over the last few years, this is a welcome surprise.

While I’m certain that Crosswinds will give it the same new treatment that other historic rehabs recieved, they deserve to be lauded for the structures they have saved.

From the rear the new lid is very visible. I never thought I would see this day…

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