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New Life for an Old Building

by Local Photographer Tim Bennett
Edited by ROHS Newsletter Editor & Board Member Trish Oliver

The building that used to house Shorty's Auto Supply at 1603 N. Main Street (on the west side of Main Street between Catalpa and Twelve Mile) caught my eye the first time I drove by it on the way to drop off my son at Royal Oak High School. As an avid DYI car repair guy, a window full of car parts looked like my kind of place. Over the years, I planned on dropping by to see if they had a part I needed but I never made it in there. When I heard that it was closing, I was afraid that the old building would be torn down and the site would lose the character it had as an urban salvage place. The new renovation by architectural designer and builder Brandon Becker for his firm BUILDING detail is a wonderful combination of the original cement block building and a modern two-story commercial building. I particularly like the fact that you can still see the Shorty’s sign under the awning on the front of the building.


Local photographer Tim Bennett enjoyed chronicling the transformation of local landmark Shorty's Auto Supply into Brandon Becker's BUILDING detail.

Editor's Note: Thanks to Brandon Becker for preserving one of the nostalgic sites of our city and giving it new life. Thanks to Tim Bennett for sharing his photos.

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