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Book Tower

1265 Washington Boulevard
Detroit MI United States

Construction Dates
Floor Count38
Basement Floors2
Floor Area118,571 m²
Building Uses
 - unused
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - neo-classical
 - copper
 - limestone

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof475 ftPreservation Wayne
Lowest roof174 ftSanborn Fire Insurance Map

- Architect: Louis Kamper

- Owner: AKNO Enterprises (Vancouver)

- Floors 1 and 2 are gallery and retail floors. Floors 3 through 36 are office floors, and 37 and 38 are mechanical floors located within the copper roof.

- The tower portion of this building was added to the 1916 completed building in 1926.

- This tower was the tallest building in Detroit for only two short years from its completion in 1926 to 1928.

- The building was shuttered in early January 2009 when the owners, AKNO Enterprises, did not pay the building's back utility bills forcing the last tenant, Bookies Downtown Tavern, to vacate their location on the ground floor.

- In October of 2009, Key Investment Group of Clinton Township, Michigan announced plans to transform the building into 260 "green" apartments plus retail space.

- An unbuilt second tower was once proposed - http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=84877

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