‘Slumpy’ was a favorite of Detroit ruins-aficionados, up until recently (2007) providing hot sparks of tension between various websites who documented its 20-year decline and hoped to capture its ultimate crumbling on video. I don’t know who won out in the end, but surprisingly there was somebody there, and filming, when the slump finally became a collapse.
‘Slumpy’ was more properly known as the William Livingstone House, built in 1893 in the French Rennaissance-style by a freshly qualified architect (Albert Kahn) just after he got back from a ‘Grand Tour’ of Europe. For 80 odd years it housed the Livingstone family in the upscale Brush Park district, lending self-made merchantman William Livingstone some much-needed old money gravitas.
About 20 years ago it was moved a block west, where the foundation wasn’t strong enough to fully support and it began a long slow slump that ended with its collapse and demolition in 2007.
Before the move, after the move
Before the slump
After the collapse of the face
A hole in the heart
RUINS / HAIKYO
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