One of the first things many immigrant groups did upon coming to this country was to establish a meeting hall for themselves to congregate at. This helped keep community and cultural identity alive as well as serving as a de-facto employment and housing office. Detroit is dotted with dozens of these ethnic halls; most of them now abandoned or repurposed. This former meeting hall on the lower East side served German immigrants and was one of the largest and most grandiose in the city. The building was later operated by a church before closing in the early 2000s. I watched this one for several years without seeing an opportunity to get in. Last winter I noticed that the alarm was going inside the building when I drove past it. A few days later we came back and found the alarm still going. We searched and quickly located an entry. Immediately after setting foot in the building a second alarm began going off. We stayed inside for about fifteen minutes before making a hasty exit and a few days later the alarm was off and the building resealed.