Historic Detroit

Every building in Detroit has a story — we're here to share it

CPA Building

No, this CPA has nothing to do with certified public accountants or Lisa Howze.

This was originally the home of the Conductors Protective Association, a UAW of sorts for train employees. Hence why it was built across Michigan Avenue from Michigan Central Station. Designed by Alvin E. Harley, the building was opened for occupancy on Nov. 1, 1924 with a branch office of the First National and Central Savings on the first floor.

The building housed many different tenants over the years but has been abandoned for over two decades and is in pretty rough shape inside.

More on this building coming soon.