Forgotten Detroit
Adams Theater

The collection of three small structures comprising the Madison-Lenox Hotel were the center of one of Detroit's most bitter preservation battles. Underfunded preservationist managed to hold off demolition for years despite the efforts of both the City and the Ilitches. The battle finally came to an end in May of 2005, when Mayor Kilpatrick defyed the law and started a suprise demolition.

It didn't even take a week before over a century of history was reduced to a heap of unrecognizable rubble.

Copyright 1999 - 2005, David Kohrman
Last updated on September 8, 2005