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Yorba Hotel - Photos

The Yorba Hotel in March 2020

First floor hallway

Front facade in March 2020

The 56,000-square-foot building has a dormitory-style layout with 250 units and common bathrooms on each floor.

Southwest Detroit’s Hotel Yorba is the inspiration of the song of the same name by the rock band the White Stripes.

Front lobby in March 2023

Built in 1926, the building had been operating in part as a halfway house for parolees by the time the White Stripes recorded its 2001 single.

Yorba is still sporting its iconic and sizable "HOTEL YORBA" sign a few stories above the actual building.

The hotel’s entrance, with its distinctive wooden doors, stained glass and inscriptions.

Beautiful front door detail

The YORBA sign above the front entrance

Looking up at the front entrance

Front lobby

Another detailed shot of the front entrance

The YORBA is a testament to Detroit’s rich past and cultural heritage.