Highland Towers was built in 1932 and was located at 12850 Woodward Avenue at the corner of McLean Street in Highland Park, Michigan. Highland Park is a suburb of Detroit, which is surrounded by Detroit, basically making it an extension of Detroit. Highland Park has suffered from the exact same epidemics as Detroit; such as bankruptcy, corruption, and severe abandonment. Some people believe that Highland Park is actually worse than Detroit. Highland Towers was designed by architects Wiedmaier & Gay in a beautiful Art Deco style that ended up becoming a true masterpiece along Highland Park’s Woodward Avenue. The interior of Highland Towers featured stained-glass windows, mirrored ceilings, an arched ornate detail ceiling, a limestone fireplace, extraordinary woodwork, gorgeous marble walls, ached-entrances, and a fine dining room. Highland Towers was apartments that were meant for luxurious style living. Highland Towers was very successful over the years, but eventually fell on hard times.
By 1980, Highland Park had changed and had become drug filled and crime ridden. Highland Towers ended up becoming low-income housing. Highland Towers wouldn’t last very long as Highland Park continued to get worse.
In 2009, the residents of Highland Towers were forced to leave because the owners of the building did not pay the electric bill and the power was turned off. Highland Towers was closed for good. Scrappers, vagrants, and vandals began to creep back into the closed location. Most of the metal and valuable materials at Highland Towers, including the copper-peaks on the roof line, were eventually removed, stolen, and scrapped.
In 2010, an arson fire ripped through the upper floors of Highland Towers and severely damaged the historical gem. Highland Towers was left wide-open after the fire and stayed that way for a few years before it was finally boarded up and secured again.
As of 2015, Highland Towers still sit abandoned. There are no current plans for redevelopment or demolish the building.