Skyscrapers Cities Detroit Book Tower

Height475 feet

About Book Tower

The Book Tower is an Italian Renaissance styled tower in Detroit, Michigan. Construction began in 1916 as an addition to the original Book Building and finished a decade later. Designed in the Academic Classicism style, it is 475 feet (145 m) and 38 stories tall (not including two basement levels), with two mechanical floors at the top encasing the green copper roof, a roofing style shared by the nearby Westin Book-Cadillac Hotel. Retail and gallery floors used to reside on the first and second floors, with businesses previously occupying the rest. The building is currently unused. On August 9, 2009, Crains Detroit Business reported that the Ferchill Group determined that the Book-Tower is a viable investment project. In November 2009, Key Investment Group of Clinton Township, Michigan announced intentions to buy and renovate the building apartments and retail. Weeks earlier the investors had revealed that they were looking to purchase the building from AKNO Enterprises of Vancouver for a green renovation. Named after the famous Book Brothers of Detroit, it was briefly the tallest building in the city until the completion of the Penobscot Building in 1928.

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