Watch: Crew implodes Detroit's 'Zombieland' building for new Red Wings arena

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Cecily Ward

Many Detroiters might have experienced an unusual wake up call Saturday, when crews imploded Detroit's historic Park Avenue Hotel around 8 a.m. The hotel, abandoned in 2003, was demolished to make way for the new Red Wings arena project. In recent years, it was known for its cryptic "Zombieland" graffiti.

The 250-room hotel originally opened in 1924 as a ritzy addition to businessman Lew Tuller's hotel empire. In 1957, the Salvation Army took over and converted it to a senior housing complex. Learn more about the building's history here.

Watch video of the implosion below, courtesy of photographer Cecily Ward:

Detroit's Park Avenue Hotel gets demolished (video courtesy Ce...

Video by Cecily Ward.

Posted by Metro Times Detroit on Saturday, July 11, 2015

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Leyland "Lee" DeVito grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where he read Metro Times religiously due to teenaged-induced boredom. He became a contributing writer for Metro Times in 2009, and Editor in Chief in 2016. In addition to writing, he also supplies occasional illustrations. His writing has been published...
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