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Book Tower

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Identification

Book Tower
Book Tower & Building
118554

Plan

Structure générale

gratte-ciel
construit [en rénovation]
pierre de taille
maçonnerie
beaux-arts / historisme

Usages

bureaux

Faits

  • The Book Tower expanded upon the original Book Building, completed in 1916.
  • Faced in limestone, the Book Tower displays an eccentric handling of Academic Classicism.
  • Floors 1 & 2 are retail/gallery floors. Floors 3-36 are office floors. And floors 37 and 38 (inside the copper roof) are mechanical floors.
  • Outstanding features include twelve nude caryatid cornice supports and a three story open lobby.
  • The Book Tower was part of the Washington Boulevard redevelopment, a project by J. Burgess Book, Jr. and his brothers which transformed a run-down area of Detroit into one of the world's most fashionable streets. Planned in 1915 by Edward H. Bennett of Chicago according to principles of the City Beautiful movement, this project was realized between 1916 and 1930.
  • The building was effectively shuttered when the last tenant, Bookies Downtown Tavern, closed its doors on January 5, 2009. The failure of the owners, AKNO Enterprises of Vancouver, to pay the building's back utility bills led to its closure.
  • Tallest building in Detroit from 1926 - 1928; surpassed by the Penobscot Building.
  • The Book Building is 174 feet to the main roof slab, not including the highest penthouse.
  • The complex was purchased by Bedrock Real Estate Services in 2015, which began a renovation of the building scheduled for completiton in 2019.

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Lieu

1227-1265 Washington Boulevard
301-319 Grand River Avenue
1265 Washington Boulevard
48226
Downtown
Detroit
Michigan
États-Unis d'Amérique

Données techniques

475,01 ft
475,01 ft
38
2
1916
1926

Entreprises participantes

Louis Kamper

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