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Genesee Towers

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Identification

Genesee Towers
Genesee Merchants Bank Building, National Bank of Detroit Building
126053

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Structure in General

high-rise building
demolished [destroyed]
concrete
aluminum
concrete
glass
curtain wall
exposed structure
black white gray
modernism

Usages

commercial office
parking

Facts

  • This was the tallest building in Flint from its completion to its demolition.
  • The building consisted of a 10-floor office section atop an 8-story parking deck and lobby level. The appearance of being a separate office tower atop a parking tower led to the use of the plural 'towers' in its name.
  • Genesee Towers was characterized by strong vertical lines. This effect was created by light-colored piers alternating with bands of darkly-tinted aluminum and glass.
  • The huge Genesee Bank neon sign atop the building was dismantled and hauled away by helicopter in 1990.
  • The building was largely vacated in 1998, when the National Bank of Detroit moved out. A pipe in the building burst and flooded the structure in 2001, and the building was totally vacated in 2002.
  • In 2004, the city condemned the structure. By November of 2007, the streets surrounding the tower were closed due to the risk of concrete falling from the dilapidated tower.
  • The building was imploded at 10:00 am on December 22, 2013.

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Location

120 East 1st Street
120 East 1st Street
48502
Flint
Michigan
U.S.A.

Technical Data

318.00 ft
250.00 ft
250.00 ft
150.50 ft
120.00 ft
19
1966
Dec 1968
12/22/2013
400
$6,500,000

Involved Companies

Swensson & Kott

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