Old Engine and Ladder 22

The former Detroit Fire Department engine and ladder 22 firehouse on Michigan Avenue was built in 1895. After nearly 90 years of operation, including the transition from horse-pulled fire apparatus to vehicles, the station closed in 1983.

In 1991 a husband and wife-owned restaurant in Mexicantown moved into the former fire station and opened a Spanish eatery, the Casa de Espana. Members of the DetroitYES forums remember it as a good place to eat with excellent entertainment, such as flamenco dancers. The husband died in a car accident, and a short time later the restaurant closed.

Aside from some minor work in 2009, the building has been vacant.

Hat-tip to Flickr user DetroitDerek for information.