If this building was still around, it would have been redeveloped and brought back to life by now. Lost in 1973 during a time of depressing urban revitalization, the Holland Building stood at nearly 165ft tall to the tip of its beautiful spired roof. The building was long and narrow and was surely an eye catcher whenever visitors, and residents, saw it in our Downtown.
The Holland Building was built at a time when Downtown industry was nearing its peak. 1986 to be exact. The Building was designed to serve as Medical Offices for a downtown that seemed to keep on growing, and with no stopping point in sight, construction commenced and this beauty was born.
Throughout its life, a majority of people took it for granted as there were several buildings along "Real Estate Row" (Market to Washington) that were all beautiful. As years progressed, the Building was in need of a cleansing job. Soot in the air was common around this time as EPA regulations were not in place to reduce pollution. Furthermore, booming factories in the City took its toll when using coal making the building very dirty. In 1973, the city allowed the demolition of the Holland Building spelling an end to an historic downtown building.
The site sat as a long and narrow parking lot for years with the memory of the Holland Building fading away as the City's population shifted and disappeared.
Approximately 30 years later, construction commenced on the site, that was a parking lot, to be turned into a new Parking Garage. The monster 10 floor garage was built as infill in an area of Downtown already over saturated by parking garages (other 4 being: Metropolitan Square, Macy's Garage, and Both of the Kiener Garages)
Some Data for Everyone's Information...
Address:215 North 7th Street Height: Close to 165ft from street to tip of the ornate roof Floor Count: 13 Usage: Office Office Spaces per Floor: 25 Retail on First Floor: Yes Constructed: 1865 Demolished: 1973 (78 Years) Architect: Wheeler and McClure Special Feature: Top Floor Auditorium Other Names: United Home Building (1921) Known For: Being Narrow and Long. Part of: Real Estate Row Replacement Structure: 9 Floor Parking Garage
If it still existed... Usage: Office, Hotel and/or Residential Cleaned: Yes