Wrecking crews knocked down the 143-year-old house owned by blues singer Anita Baker and her husband after local preservationists lost a court battle to keep the red brick Detriot building intact.

The demolition took place Saturday, a day after Circuit Judge Sharon Tevis Finch lifted a temporary order sought by Cityscape Detroit Inc. against razing the house.Demolition crews had knocked down part of the house earlier this month. Baker's lawyer, Gregory Reed, said that work took place before he received notice of the order, and was halted when he got the notice.

The house, sitting on property that was part of a French land grant dating to 1707, was built in 1848. Over the years the building has been used as a fraternity house, speakeasy and restaurant.

Baker and her husband, Walter Bridgforth, bought the property for $575,000 last year and plan to build a recording studio there.