Forgotten Detroit
Kales Building

Grand Circus Park has often been called a skyscraper graveyard. The long-vacant Kales Building bore some of the responsibility for this unflattering designation. Designed by the noted architect Albert Kahn as the headquarters of the S.S. Kresge Company the Kales meet the same fate that so many other Detroit landmarks shared in the 1970s and 1980s.

However, the Kales is now helping to shake off the skyscraper graveyard image of Grand Circus Park. In 2005 the building became an excellent study of adaptive reuse. Converted into lofts, hopefully the fate of the Kales will prove to be the standard for the futures of the other vacant office towers.

Copyright 1999 - 2005, David Kohrman
Last updated on November 5, 2005