New Life for Historic Globe Building

The State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is moving forward as the anchor tenant in the historic Globe Building. Located along Atwater near the Dequindre Cut and the Detroit riverfront, the DNR plans to build an adventure and discovery center within the manufacturing facility originally constructed in 1892 and known to be where Henry Ford apprenticed. Envisioned by the planners are a rock-climbing wall with zip lines, an interpretive forest, archery range and classroom space. 

Construction is set to begin in fall 2012. 

The Normal - volume 2

The Normal - volume 2 (Globe Building) is a 200 page documentation of the Globe Trading Building viewable online at ISSUU (flash required) or PDF download (13 MB). A print copy has been ordered for the studio and is available from Lulu via this direct link.

War on Rehab and Brownfield Tax Credits?

Coverage of Rick Snyder’s proposal to eliminate Historic Rehabilitation and Brownfield Renovation Tax Credits, in favor of a plan to direct $100 million from a funding pool towards “worthier” projects:

Business, political leaders, experts raise questions on Snyder’s budget

Tax Credits Help Rebuild Detroit

SPARK landlord: Loss of Michigan tax credits would limit redevelopment, growth opportunities

This budget threatens the concrete but fragile fiscal progress made by the City of Detroit over the last 20 months. The proposed slash in revenue sharing is aimed directly at large municipalities like Detroit. The Brownfield and Historic Preservation Tax Credits helped make major investments like the Book Cadillac, the Taubman Center and the Fort Shelby a reality. Eliminating them is bad business for Detroit. - Mayor Dave Bing

The Globe Trading Building previously received a grant from the EPA to be cleaned-up and renovated for being a brownfield site, and would currently receive such tax credits for redevelopment.

Interior of the machine shop at the Dry Docks Engine Works complex, 1894. source

Interior of the machine shop at the Dry Docks Engine Works complex, 1894. source

1' Contour DWGS of the Site

Contour Line Data (on 1’ elevation intervals) around the Globe Trade Building and immediate surrounding area. The file is a .dwg, to be used in CAD, AI, or Rhino.

Alternative file that is 1’ contours covering area from Globe building to Lafayette Park and includes parcels.

Inside the Globe Trading Building.

Dry Dock Engine Works, 1801 Atwater Street, Detroit, Wayne, MI

The Globe Trading Company Building is on record at the Library of Congress. 

High resolution tiffs of dimensioned as built sections, plans, axonometrics, and b/w photographs are located at this website:

(20dwgs on ctools as a zip file. Download 11MB zip archive.)