Looks like we managed to get into this place just in time. The owner finally decided to properly secure his building and get security. I feel fortunite to have seen this place. This is a place that has been sealed off like a tomb for over a decade. Only during the past year has the fortress been penetrated. A plethora of hobos and scrappers have caused a good amount of vandalism. Scrappers are like diseases to these buildings. They rip them apart from head to toe for whatever they can get. Built in 1913, this elegant neo-classical 22 story office and retail building was once the jewel of the city. This is a place that was once home to many high class lawyers, doctors, tailors, and numerous other businesses. The outer exterior was refurbished with a hideous "modern look in the late 1960's. The inside, however, has remained authentic since the day it was built. The lobby is quite impressive. Built to resemble an ancient Roman domed atrium. The David Whitney Building. First walking in, this is what you see (My lack of a wide angle lens is killing me here) One of my photography/exploring crew posing for someone else. Nice underexposed shot looking down. Apoligies from Black & White flip-flops to color. I shoot both. Some told me I should stick with just one, but I don't want to. I like doing it this way better. That be me in the mirror. More B&W looking out dirty window. Another crew member enjoying view. More distruction. This is the top of the glass dome that covers the 4 floor lobby downstairs. The elevators don't work, so we have to take the stairs. Not a bad view from the roof. The vacant Broderick Tower next door towers even higher over this place. And I'm afraid of heights too. This be the same game the Tigers knocked the Yankees out of the post-season. Pretty good seats for free. Fire extinguishers still work. The building rises from the lobby on all sides, adding more zest to it's architectual magnificance. These look in pretty good shape. This building had the least about of decay that I have been in. Until reciently this place was in near perfect condition. Kind of depressing seeing these kinds of places get vandalized by a-holes. Sunset Just as the last out was called. About half hour later, as crowd was emptying out and headed back to their homes in the suburbs. I'm not good at night shots yet, but these 2 came out alright. My personal favorite building, the Book Tower, at night. That's about all. All in all, an interesting building but not very photo-genic. I hope they restore this one in the future. Hate to loose this building for yet another surface parking lot.