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Metropolitan Building

Identification

Metropolitan Building
Jeweler's Building
118507

Map

Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
steel
concrete
brick
granite
terra-cotta
applied masonry
neo-gothic

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • The tower consists of a 12-story building, with a 3-story tower which holds office space on floors 13 and 14, and a water tank on the 15th floor.
  • The building has three different roof levels, with the first and lowest lying at 141'-8" high, with a decorative cornice rising to a maximum height of 152'-5".
  • The second and middle roof above the 13th floor lies at a height of 154'-2", with a cornice rising to a maximum height of 161'-8".
  • The highest roof at the top of the 15th floor tower lies at a height of 173'-8", with the cornice pinnacles rising to a height of 182'-10".
  • A mezzanine level was added to the building's s two-story-high lobby in 1927.
  • With the continued decline of downtown Detroit, the building was finally shuttered in 1979.
  • To make the abandoned structure more attractive for possible redevelopment, the city used grant money to dispose of the hazardous material which had been left in the building.
  • The Metropolitan Building has a triangular footprint, with the 'base' of the triangle along John R Street, across from the end of Farmer Street.

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Location

33 John R Street
48226
Downtown
Detroit
Michigan
U.S.A.

Technical Data

182.84 ft
173.66 ft
141.66 ft
15
1
1924
1925
4

Involved Companies

Weston & Ellington
general contractor
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