On this day in 1998, the J.L. Hudson Building was erased from Detroit's skyline by way of a very dramatic implosion.
The department store, which boasted 2.2 million square feet, shuttered after 90 years in
At the time of implosion, the 439-foot structure was the tallest building to face a fate of controlled demolition. The demolition, which occurred at 5:45 p.m. on Oct. 24, reduced the mammoth structure to a 60-foot pile of debris.
Announced in 2015, real-estate hoarder Dan Gilbert set his eyes on the Hudson site with big plans for the gaping downtown vacancy. What he was plotting has been described as "a city within a city," which broke ground last December and is expected to cost upward of $1 billion. The original renderings for the skyscraper have not only changed since being revealed in 2017 but have grown in scale, towering at 912-feet tall — making it the tallest building in the city and one of the tallest in the country.
You can relive the 1998 demolition below.
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