Book Tower

Skyscraper in Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Book Tower
Book Tower 2010.jpg
Book Building and Tower looking east
General information
TypeCommercial offices
Location1265 Washington Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates42°20′00″N 83°03′06″W / 42.3334°N 83.0517°W / 42.3334; -83.0517Coordinates: 42°20′00″N 83°03′06″W / 42.3334°N 83.0517°W / 42.3334; -83.0517
Construction started1916
Antenna spire152 m (499 ft)
Roof144.78 m (475.0 ft)
Top floor141 m (463 ft)
Technical details
Floor count38
2 below ground
Floor area483,973 sf
Design and construction
ArchitectLouis Kamper
Main contractorStarrett-Dilks Company
Renovating team
Renovating firmBedrock
Main contractorChristman
Book Tower
Architectural styleNeo-Classical and
Part ofWashington Boulevard Historic District (ID82002914)
Designated CPJuly 15, 1982

The Book Tower is a 145 m (476 ft), 38-story skyscraper located at 1265 Washington Boulevard in Downtown Detroit, Michigan, within the Washington Boulevard Historic District. Construction began on the Italian Renaissance-style building in 1916 as an addition to the original Book Building, and finished a decade later. Designed in the Academic Classicism style, in addition to the 38 rentable floors, it has two basement levels and two mechanical floors beneath 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 unoccupied but is under renovation by Bedrock Real Estate Services and is planned to open again.

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