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J. L. Hudson’s Department Store

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Identification

J. L. Hudson’s Department Store
Hudson's Building
Greater Hudson’s Store
102730

Map

Structure in General

skyscraper
demolished [destroyed]
steel
brick
granite
limestone
terra-cotta
applied masonry
light gray dark red
chicago school

Usages

department store
commercial office restaurant conferencing space doctor clinic exhibition library post office

Facts

  • 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. It was also the second largest department store in the world after Macy’s in New York City.
  • The building was faced in deep-red brick, and trimmed with granite, terra cotta 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: 4 basements, one of which held the Hudson Basement Budget Store, 23 above-ground retail floors, all of which was topped by a 6 story storage/mechanical penthouse.
  • In 2001, a 4 story 1,023-space underground parking garage was built within the building’s foundations. It was built to accommodate a future 12 story building. The garage was demolished in 2017 to make way for the mixed use Hudson’s Site project currently under construction on the site.
  • The store closed on January 27, 1983. J.L. Hudson, and later Dayton Hudson Corporation, maintained offices in the building until October 1986, when the building was vacated.
  • Hudson's featured 48 escalators, 51 passenger elevators, 8 employee elevators and 17 freight elevators, the largest of which could hold a semi-truck. It also had 705 fitting rooms, a world record at the time.

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Location

1200-1282 Woodward Avenue
1-43 Gratiot Avenue, 1201-1283 Farmer Street, 2-48 East Grand River Avenue
1246 Woodward Avenue
48226
Downtown
Detroit
Michigan
U.S.A.

Technical Data

520.01 ft
410.00 ft
410.00 ft
375.00 ft
420.01 ft
220.00 ft
29
4
1911
1914
1923
1924
1927 - 1928
1946
10/19/1998
76
48

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