One of the most unique buildings in Detroit has hit the market. Beloved by many architecture buffs, the Googie-style building at 249 East Baltimore was designed by Nathan Johnson & Associates for Stanley Hong’s Mannia Cafe. It is currently quite run down but such a great opportunity. The price? A whopping $975,000.
In the 1990s, the building was used as a rap and hip hop venue—the Rhythm Kitchen—and was once a church. Last year, the building received historic designation. So, what would one do with it? The building is over 8,000 square feet, zoned for mixed-use, and the property comes with 20 parking spots. Milwaukee Junction sits between the arts district and the North End, next to New Center and TechTown. Rehab as is? Build up and save the facade? Build next to it? What would you do with this historic building? It’s listed through Bill Swanson at O’Connor Real Estate.