The former Kmart headquarters in Troy is getting demolished in the coming weeks. The retailer left in 2006, and the current owner hadn’t been able to find a suitable use for the massive complex.
Nicknamed “Fort Kresge,” the building has a truly unique design with modular office structures connected by octagonal towers. When it opened in 1972, it was around 600,000 square feet but reached a maximum size of more than 900,000 square feet in the 1990s.
Detroit architecture firm Smith, Hinchman & Grylls (now SmithGroup) won awards for its design, including one from the American Institute of Architects. The building was quite impressive inside, too, containing a stunning art collection with works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Paul Klee.
The demolition is expected to take nine months to a year. No redevelopment plans for the site have been made public yet.