Sunday, July 12, 2015
The Sunday Series: Sunday July 12, 2015
The Sunday Series:
Sunday July 12, 2015
Today being Sunday I just heard the news that the bid I put in for Detroit's Fisher Building (1928), as well as the near-by Albert Kahn (1930) building was the top price - and I have both buildings for 12.2 million dollars. A tad beyond my budget, yet, it is always wise to jump into the flames than run around it. First of all, the Fisher Building is located on 3011 West Grand Boulevard, not far from the Motown Museum. Like the other building with his name, Albert Kahn designed The Fisher Building. The building was built and commissioned by the Fisher Brothers, who had a company called "Fisher Body" who made the bodies for automobiles. The building mostly consists of office space with retail on the bottom two floors. There is likewise the Fisher Theater, which is an elaborate 2,089 seats - mostly focusing on Broadway related musicals. Now, the building housed the headquarters for the Detroit Public Schools - which I may just have to kick out, because of my plans for the space.
The building is 28 stories high, and I plan to have my living quarters on the top floor. To wake up in the morning (or even in the evening) and to look over Detroit, will make me feel like a king or emperor. A little over a week ago, I visited the Fisher Building, where I walked on every floor - room to room, office to office, and even through its various storage rooms. I wonder how long would it take for me to use every toilet in this remarkable building. For my entire life, I had an empire in my mind, but now the palace will be in front of me. I can even bring over guests.
With some assistance from the "Welcome to Detroit" website, I'm hoping to invite a few hundred over for dinner and drinks. It is important to welcome the citizens of Detroit to my new home. I know it must feel strange to have a stranger move into such an iconic structure such as The Fisher Building - and on top of that, also the Albert Kahn building, which is in walkable distance from the Fisher as well.
The Albert Kahn Building was built and commissioned by Fisher Brothers as well. It was completed in 1931, and is ten-stories high. There is an underground tunnel connecting the two buildings together. At one time, Saks Fifth Avenue department store had the grand floor - but alas, that was in the past. In fact, a lot of things were in the past. There have been many mistakes, and promises broken, but now, it is time to look at the present and perhaps even in the future.
To be truthful, I have never cared for people. On the other hand, always was fascinated by architecture - especially skyscraper buildings. I love the idea of a structure that comes from the imagination, and therefore an ideal portrait of a human. Living day-in and day-out and accepting one's limitations strikes me as an act of cruelty. To stand a few miles away from your structure and thinking 'it is mine, ' is surely one of the higher moments one can experience. In real estate, 12.2 million is not that much. Yet for that amount, I get giddy with excitement that is similar to removing my pants in front of a beautiful woman. To stand erect in front of a beauty, is surely a series of moments that I treasured. I at one time, many years ago, was wandering around Grand Avenue, and since no one was around I did just that - I removed my trousers. As I felt the blood racing in my loins, I looked up at the Fisher Building swearing one day that it will be mine.
Who could have foreseen the financial collapse of Detroit? It seemed that I wished it upon this great city, so I can obtain the building of my dreams. The capitalist mode of production is where one can lose everything and where one can win all at the same time. I have lost, with great intensity, but I never lost sight of my goal. To obtain a vision, that will clearly be my self-portrait. The Fisher Building will now be known as "Tosh Towers," or "TT." I'm clearly thinking of having the whole building to myself. So I can wander from floor to floor without seeing another - and perhaps I would hire a small crew to handle the elevators. It would be nice to come here in the morning or evening if there is a need, and have them greet me as I enter the grand door.