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Anthony Kaczynski
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 4:58 pm:   

Am delighted to see this site. I had a rehearsal space in 1980 in the Farwell Building when I was in the band Razor 1922, which later morphed into Figures on a Beach. Russell Sumner (keyboard player at one time with The 27) was our landlord. They were incredibly heady days, and there was a great vibe for creativity in that room we had. To this day, still my favorite (if a bit romanticized) rehearsal space. Would love to hear from anyone associated with the Farwell Building at that time. We used to have a great perch to watch the comings and goings at the Famous Door across the street. Related in a tangential way to the Corridor, does anybody remember the Bernhardt (sp?) Gallery on Grand River? Figures on a Beach did a very early show there in 1981, as well as, to my knowledge, being one of the first, if not the first band to play at The Gold Dollar Show Bar. We did a show there on our own and one with Retro...
Kathy Zak
Posted on Sunday, February 29, 2004 - 1:24 pm:   

I went to high school with Russ (he'll always be "Russ" to me)at the old Warren Woods High School on 12 Mile and Schoenherr. I played piano too, but he mopped the floor with me every time. When he had the Farwell and I was at WSU, I wrote an interview piece on him for Streetlife Magazine. (I still have it on cassette!) He took me on a tour of the building and we ended up doing much of the interview on the roof overlooking the city. A moment for the muses, to say the least. Very cool.
Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 10:41 pm:   

Hi there,
I should be added to the Farwell Building tribe.
Tricia (Patricia) Soderberg
Lee Somerville
Posted on Sunday, September 02, 2007 - 4:30 am:   

Hey: What about Mike Bobo, Jim Nuttal and Alton McLain, the first three artists in the building? (I am a horrible speller, so I may get the names wrong.) Thor and his brother are Thor and Leonard Hilldale. Jon Strand. Winnie Schutte. Bill Stroble. I was trying to find things about my daughter, Erin Somerville, and came across this. Very interesting.
Lee Somerville
Stephen Goodfellow (Admin)
Username: Admin

Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2007 - 10:09 am:   

Dear Lee,
Thanks so much for adding history to the Farwell Tribe. You showed me around the place those many years ago. We became friends, for which I am forever grateful.
Leonard Hilldale
Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - 6:24 pm:   

Thorsten or Thor, Emanuel Hilldale recently passed away after a short bout with cancer. I have moved to upstate New York and have been a stay at home dad to twin boys for the last 4 1/2 years. I have given up art because I believe I suck and found a new passion in helping needy children by giveing them clean, sanitary beds. My wife and I have been able to give out over 800 beds this year and hope to give away many thousands next year and start a national trend. And by the way, Hi everybody, especially you Lee.
Stephen Goodfellow (Admin)
Username: Admin

Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 8:57 am:   

Hi Leonard,

Thanks for touching base. I have placed your notice of Emanuel's passing on the site under obits, and will pass on the info in the next newsletter.
Yolanda Sharpe
Posted on Tuesday, October 09, 2007 - 1:31 am:   

Hi, I was not a resident in the Farwell Building until the fall of 1979, and for not much more than a year after that. If anyone wants any more information on what I'm up to, please write to my E-mail address: sharpeyr@oneonta.edu

Yolanda Sharpe
Stephen Goodfellow (Admin)
Username: Admin

Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Monday, October 29, 2007 - 6:26 am:   


Good to hear from you! I have added you to the Farwell Tribe.
Marti Bommarito
Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 12:17 pm:   

Does anyone remember Brian Gahagan, a painter who had a studio in the Farwell Bldg. in the 70s? I would appreciate it if anyone has any memories to share about him.

I was a student at Cass Technical High School in 1974. It was New Year's Eve. Stevie Wonder's "Songs in the Key of Life" was very popular at that moment in time. I remember dancing with my girlfriends, giddy with song, life, youth . . . I remember reading "Howard Cosell" etched in one of doors, part of the building condemned and off limits, the stained glass ceiling.

Marti Bommarito
bob mckeown
Posted on Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 8:34 pm:   

hello steven goodfellow and all the
folk of the Cass Corridor and Detroit.

I am living or should I say waning in
flatbush Brooklyn. I did yesterday meet
for the first time with a group called
BeSAA the Bed Stuy Artists Association.
They seem to me a vital and eclectic
group with a good vibe. Not unlike HIP
Ron Allens group and UCP that group of
gorilla photographers that put detroit
on the map for a minute.

My website is: bobmckeownphoto.com
let me know what you think.
Stephen Goodfellow (Admin)
Username: Admin

Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 10:55 pm:   

Wow Bob, Great site - wonderful pictures!
Jerry Grieser
Posted on Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 9:41 am:   

Kurt Novak and I shared a studio space on the 4th floor in the mid-to-late 70's. 1,800 sq. ft. including heat for very reasonable rent in a class building. Fond memories of tenant improvements, exploring the depths of the building, rooftop gatherings with friends, improvised plumbing systems, commercial 'bicentennial' license plates for alley parking, (still have 'em) performance art, street life, rowdy youth and the energy of downtown Detroit. I remember Lee and Jon, the rest is a dream. So sad to see its demise as documented on detroitblog. I still have a few old Farwell postcards from the 50s. Best Regards to all, you know who you are. Thank you Stephen. Jerry Grieser
Steve Ruona
Posted on Saturday, January 03, 2009 - 6:30 pm:   

I remember the names, can't connect faces to tho. I'd like to see what all the characters are doing. thanks Steve Ruona
Steve Ruona
Posted on Saturday, January 03, 2009 - 6:45 pm:   

Also, as I have just become aware of this site, I remember hanging with Mike Bobo, Jim Nuttal and Lee Somerville was around too. And, there was Lesley Vinson and Alan Harvey, influential artist from those middle 70's
Stephen Goodfellow (Admin)
Username: Admin

Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Friday, January 09, 2009 - 6:19 am:   

Hi Steve, good to hear from you. I have added Lesley Vinson and Alan Harvey to the site.
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2011 - 4:10 pm:   

I rceokn you are quite dead on with that.
Posted on Friday, July 08, 2011 - 8:57 pm:   

I really ndeeed to find this info, thank God!
Posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 - 12:51 am:   

Hahahaha. I'm not too birght today. Great post!
Posted on Monday, September 10, 2012 - 3:27 pm:   

Stay with this guys, you're helping a lot of polepe.

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