Greater Penobscot Building, City National Bank Building, Penobscot Building - 47 Tower
Structure in General
art deco / art moderne
shop(s) service branch(es)
- The Penobscot Building was Detroit's tallest building for nearly half a century until the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center overtook it in 1977.
- Clad in Indiana limestone with a granite base, it rises like a shear cliff for thirty stories, then has a series of setbacks culminating in a red neon beacon tower.
- Ornamentation follows American Indian motifs, particularly in the entrance archway and in metalwork found in the lobby.
- 8th tallest building in the world, when it was completed.
- The building was designed by Wirt C. Rowland of the leading Detroit architectural firm Smith, Hinchman & Grylls.
- The Smart Detroit Conference Center occupies space on the 13th floor, and includes Class A conference, meeting, or convention space.
- When built, this was the tallest building in the world outside New York and Chicago.
- The old framing elevation drawing of this building list is as being 562'-2" to the highest roof, approximately 565'-8" to the parapet wall around the roof, and 654'-2" to the top of the warning beacon atop the antenna.
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101-125 West Fort Street
633-655 Griswold Street
633-645 Griswold Street
Also recorded for this building:
owner, property management, shell construction, steel supplier
Features & Amenities
- One of the city's famous buildings