The Bond & Bailey building on W. Fort St. in Detroit is one of my favorite old buildings. I like it because of its unique character, its slight lean, its "ghost" sign on the east wall, and most of all because it is at least 125-130 years old and still being used (I think). I have been unable to learn anything about its history except that Bond & Bailey has been there "since 1948," according to the sign out front.
Bond & Bailey Machining and its neighbor the Detroit Trucking Co.
building, aka, Don Miller "Land Storage" - May, 2012
Former Detroit Trucking Co. building - May, 2012
The answer came when it burned again (likely due to a scrapper's torch) the afternoon of June 29, 2012, just 40 days after the photos above were taken. After a 2-hour battle the fire was extinguished without injury. The building has since been demolished.
The late 1800s Bond &Bailey building still stands. These photos show how it looked in 2012:
Bond & Bailey Machining (2012)
A sign on the east wall by the entrance boasting their services (2012)
It was - and still is - comforting in some way to see the little building still there each time I pass by. At the same time, though, I always wonder how much longer it will be there. While this old stalwart still stands it has been, like so many buildings in Detroit, senselessly defaced by tagger vandals. I was furious when I saw it on a drive down Fort Street in July of 2013. Taggers have painted the entire side of the east wall, completely obliterating the terrific old sign:
For what useful purpose was an historic building defaced, and a vintage sign destroyed?
What or who is TAF-TMK, and why should anyone care???