Friday, September 14, 2012

That's Genesee Towers with an "S"

Why is Genesee Towers plural? There's only one tower. Was there supposed to be another one? I'd always thought it was simply a self aggrandizing naming scheme based on the dubious rationale that it's two buildings stacked on top of each other with an open-air space between them. Anyone have the facts?

3 comments:

  1. I'm 100% fact-free, but I do have more info.

    This tiny photo...https://dl.dropbox.com/u/49732470/small_GENESEE_BANK_2.jpg...looks to me like a discussion staged for a Flint Journal photographer about an architectural model of the building before it was built.

    My guess is the guy on the left was then-Genesee County Attorney Edward Joseph, a Flint civic booster par excellance and the creator of the devious but legal City of Flint annexation away from Flint Township of the airport and the Van Slyke plant complex. My guess as to the guy on the right is whoever was President of the bank at the time.

    So, only one tower was planned, because there weren't two models.

    Which doesn't answer the question, so I'll exit stage right. 8^)

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  2. "I'd always thought it was simply a self aggrandizing naming scheme based on the dubious rationale that it's two buildings stacked on top of each other with an open-air space between them."

    I'm pretty sure that's the exact reason. One tower of parking, one regular-style. It probably helped that most people around here add an 's' to the end of every damned business name (Meijers, Krogers, etc.). Sorry for going off track - the extra 's' is one of my pet peeves.

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  3. Most but not all annexation schemes are probably built on false analysis and promises if not outright voting fraud, JWilly. It's always a dying star contracting city that initiates annexation. Other cities just have a better PR team than Michael Moore and his Million Minions.

    There were also plans for twin 24 story office and apartment towers somewhere in the Grand Traverse and Kearsley area around 1970 in my recollection.

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