Motown had outgrown West
Grand Boulevard by 1967, and Berry decided to move house to
the city's main thoroughfare, Woodward Avenue. The ten storey
building was only one hundred yards north of the Fox Theatre
and on the same side of the street.
recalled that the worn marble floor hinted at the glamour of
bygone days, but all in all it looked like a psycho ward.
She would take the creaking elevator to the fifth floor, a
due to the fact that the building had no character or
homeliness, unlike Hitsville, the artists began to feel
alienated. A few years later, and it would be all over in
met a guy in Detroit who had actually gained access to the
building four years ago, through a hole in the back wall!
He said that remnants of old studios remained on some
floors and also Motown correspondence was scattered here and
Work will soon
commence on a $28 million project to convert the building
into a second museum. Loft accommodation will also form part
of the project.
Notes thanks to David Meikle