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Book Tower

Identification

Book Tower
Book Tower & Building
118554

Map

Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
limestone
curtain wall
beaux-arts / historism

Usage

commercial office
restaurant

Facts

  • Tallest building in Detroit from 1926 - 1928; surpassed by the Penobscot Building.
  • Outstanding features include twelve nude caryatid cornice supports and a three story open lobby.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Book Building is 174 feet to the main roof slab, not including the highest penthouse.

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Location

1265 Washington Boulevard
48226
U.S.A.

Technical Data

475.01 ft
475.01 ft
38
2
1916
1926

Involved Companies

Architect:

Also recorded for this building:

elevator supplier, general contractor