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Developers strip away modern paneling to reveal century-old buildings hidden underneath a bland office in Michigan

January 9, 2019
Construction workers are turning back time as they peel away the modern facade of an office building in Michigan to reveal the historic architecture underneath.
Three buildings, dating more than a century old, were merged in the 1980s and covered with aluminum, reflective glass and gray panels to create a bland office space at 50 Monroe Avenue in Grand Rapids.
The original stonework in one corner of the building is now seeing the light for the first time in decades, revealing an extraordinary juxtaposition in style.

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