The National Theatre’s Facade Will Be Saved In New Downtown Development Plan

The historic theatre will undergo major changes in Dan Gilbert’s downtown construction plan.

The historic National Theatre in downtown Detroit will undergo major changes if a plan by Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Financial is approved by city council. Two new high rises will be built next to Campus Martius and the bulk of the abandoned theatre will be razed, but the building’s ornate facade will be saved. 

Listen to Dan Austin of to explain more about what Gilbert’s plan means for preserving one of the downtown’s more noticeable historic buildings. 


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