This handsome Louis Kamper-designed library is seeking a new owner to bring it back to its former glory.
According to Curbed, the historic 1910 Italian Renaissance-style building was originally offered for sale a few years ago, priced at $75,000, before a fire damaged its interiors. The City sold it in 2016, but it’s now back on the market for $135,00 via James Tumey at the Loft Warehouse.
It looks structurally sound but the former library will need more than just a lick of paint to bring it back to its best – you do get a lot of bang for your buck, however.
The building spans 7,000 sq ft spread over two storeys. It has a 200-seat auditorium in the basement, as well as reading rooms, a club room, and – despite the smoke damage – lots of salvageable features including ornate columns, extra tall ceilings and huge windows.
The Detroit property is at 3506 Gratiot Ave, about a mile from the city’s thriving Eastern Market neighbourhood – a temping draw for would be investors. Land behind the building (currently owned by the City) is also available to buy with a development agreement with the library.
Kamper is among Detroit’s most celebrated architects. Credited with making Motor City the ‘Paris of the West’, he also designed the Book Tower, Book Cadillac, and Washington Boulevard Building, among others.