There are a few ways to demolish a building or structure, including the tipping method or good old American explosive firepower (Insert Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor grunt here). Sometimes you just have to strap some dynamite to a building to get the job done and that’s exactly what crews in Detroit did to dispose of the 81 year old Park Avenue Hotel.
The Park Avenue Hotel was a 13 story, 252 room structure built in 1924 by architect Louis Kamper and closed in 2003. In its last days, it served as a rehab center for the Salvation Army, but had to be closed due to rising costs. Unfortunately, the building was looted by scrappers and hit by vandals soon after it’s close, according to HistoricDetroit.org, making it yet another eyesore for the downtrodden city of Detroit.
To demo the building, crews used approximately 200 pounds of dynamite.
The former site of the Park Avenue Hotel will now house the Detroit Red Wing’s new Hockey Arena, which will cost roughly $450 million and is scheduled to be completed before the 2017 NHL season opening.
Below is the demolition video shot by TheGadgetGuy1 with his DJI Phantom 2 Drone: