07/02/2013 10:26 am ET Updated Sep 01, 2013

Historic Whittier Crumbles As Owner Neglects High-rise | Motor City Muckraker

Overlooking Belle Isle and the Detroit River, "the location is unrivaled in scenic beauty by any other apartment hotel in the world," the Whittier boasted in the 1920s.

Walking across broken glass and crumbled bricks, past graffiti and gaping holes in the walls, it was hard to imagine the luxury and glamour that attracted the rich and famous to the 15-story Whittier Hotel along the Detroit River.

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