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Cadillac Place
Durant Building
General Motors Building
GM Building


Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
applied masonry
light gray


governmental office
shop(s) service branch(es) restaurant court house police station


  • More than just an office building, the enormous General Motors Building houses a variety of functions such as an auditorium, showrooms, gymnasium, and workshops - as well as symbolizing the power of the world's largest manufacturing corporation.
  • Its massing consists of a long central block with four wings projecting to either side, giving its 1800 offices a maximum of daylight and fresh air.
  • The limestone-faced facade follows the tripartite classical formula of basement - here treated with arcades - a gridded shaft, and a crown featuring colonnades.
  • The restrained ornamentation was done in the Neo-Classical style according to the fashion of the times.
  • This building was added to the National Register of Historic Places and named a National Historic Landmark in 1978.
  • The building contains a 5-story annex at back that holds 195,282 square feet of office space bringing the total square footage of this building to 1,319,536 square feet.
  • General Motors moved its headquarters to the General Motors Renaissance Center and in 2002 the building was renamed Cadillac Place. It contains offices for the State of Michigan.
  • The General Motors Building was the second largest office building in the world upon completion. It remained the largest in Detroit for decades.
  • Cadillac Place is connected to the Fisher Building by tunnel.
  • Originally to be called the Durant Building after GM's co-founder and then-president William C. Durant, the name was changed before completion after Durant's departure in 1920.
  • Upon completion the General Motors Building contained amenities such as a 1,200 seat auditorium, a basement billiards room, an infirmary, a cafeteria, dining rooms and 22 hotel rooms for visiting executives.

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3020-3066 West Grand Boulevard
6501-6571 Cass Avenue, 400-498 West Milwaukee Street, 6500-6570 2nd Avenue
3044 West Grand Boulevard
New Center

Technical Data

220.00 ft
220.00 ft
220.00 ft
187.00 ft
12.00 ft
302.00 ft
504.01 ft
2000 - 2002

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Features & Amenities

  • National landmark
  • Clock(s) displayed on the outside
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