The building was demolished at exactly 5:47 pm, October 24, 1998. 20,000 people watched as the building was imploded which turned the building into a 60 foot tall pile of debris.
Tallest building to ever be imploded.
The building measured 439 feet tall from its second basement to the top of the penthouse tower. It was also topped by 110 feet high flagpole.
The structure was the tallest department store/retail building ever constructed.
The building was faced in deep-red brick, and trimmed with granite and limestone.
Walbridge/Jenkins, a partnership between Walbridge Aldinger and Jenkins Construction of Detroit, managed the demolition of the building.
The entire complex consisted of 34 floors: 3 mechanical/storage basements, 2 retail basements, which held the Hudson Basement Budget Store, 23 above-ground retail floors, all of which was topped by a 6 story storage/mechanical penthouse.
Demolished in 1998, the J. L. Hudson Building Addition was once the world's tallest department store. This site is now part of the Campus Martius redevelopment, which will include many mid-rise commercial buildings and a new city park.
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