Historic buildings at old State Fairgrounds in Detroit coming down


Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said Tuesday that most of the historic buildings on the old State Fairgrounds near 8 mile will likely be demolished to make way for the proposed $ 400 million Amazon distribution center.

“I think they’ll likely all get down,” Duggan said at a press conference announcing the Amazon project. “We all have emotional ties, but for the past 10 years not a single person has been able to figure out how to use these old farm buildings in a way that follows a business plan.”

There was a long line to get into the farm building for the 1954 Detroit Auto Show.

At least three of the buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, though inclusion on the register doesn’t preclude demolition of structures.

All three abandoned buildings have a Roman Classical design that was popular at the major exhibitions and world expositions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as requested by the state for the national register.

Paul Miller, 11, from Armada, dried his cow Special Lady with a special blow dryer after washing her off in this file photo in the Dairy Cattle Building.  (KENT PHILLIPS / Detroit Free Press)

The buildings entered in the register are:

  • The Michigan State Fair Riding Coliseum (built 1922)
  • The dairy cattle building (built in 1924)
  • The agricultural building (built in 1926)

Representatives from the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office could not be reached immediately for comment Tuesday afternoon.

The dairy cattle building at the old Detroit State Exhibition Center as shown in this 2015 photo.

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