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Erika Owen
July 16, 2015

It took less than a minute for the historic Park Avenue House Hotel to crumble to the ground on July 11th. The location was demolished in a move to make room for a new Red Wings stadium loading dock. The Park Avenue House was added to the historical registrar in 2006, but had been used as a Salvation Army homeless shelter leading up to the demolition. In its prime, the hotel—which was designed by famous architect Louis Kamper—was known for its extravagant Italian Renaissance style shown throughout 252 rooms. 

YouTube user TheGadgetGuy1 caught the demolition on tape, with some help from his drone. Check it out:

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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