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How A Beautiful Old Hudson's Elevator Came Back To Life

Released Friday, 23rd October 2020
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Hudson’s was a name at the center of Detroit life for decades. And their flagship store on Woodward loomed over downtown until it was demolished in 1998.
I remember that day because I worked it for a local TV station. Street after street was covered in dust, and it was a quick, final end to the second largest and tallest department store in the country.
According to HistoricDetroit.org, it was a behemoth. We talked about the height. But the three electric transformers inside could supply enough power for a city of 20,000 people. It had a world record 705 fitting rooms. 200 different departments.
And with a name as locally known as Sanders, Faygo, Vernors or any of the Big Three, Hudson's had the most important thing: the hearts of Detroiters.
This week came some interesting news. Somehow, some way, an ornate elevator from this long-gone structure has popped up on the radar.
And it didn’t just show up, dirty and dusty in a corner of a storage unit. But half a million dollars and a quarter century later, it arrived in all of its grandeur.
Today, we’ll share that story by the man who made it happen, Alex Begin.
More on Hudson's on Historic Detroit: https://historicdetroit.org/buildings/hudsons-depa…
Photos of the elevator: http://www.dailydetroit.com
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