Adios, Ambassadors!

The Ambassador Apartments at 574 Monroe St. in Gary finally met the wrecking ball this fall. For the last year, with the Sheraton gone, it’s been the tallest abandonment in the city – and arguably one of the sketchiest, with stairs and huge parts of external walls missing – all apparently stemming from terracotta theft and a botched renovation back in the 90s or so. I had little doubt that had it not landed a demo contract, there would be a major structural failure in the near future – you could pull exterior bricks out of the top floor penthouse with absolutely no effort.

This footage comes from my final run through it, about a month before demolition began this summer. I sat on it for awhile because the footage was shaky and overall terrible, but I weeded out what I could and wanted to get something up. Enjoy…

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