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Hotel Statler Detroit

1539 Washington Boulevard
Detroit MI United States

Construction Dates
Floor Count18
Basement Floors2
Floor Area47,845 m²
Building Uses
 - hotel
 - restaurant
 - retail
 - unused
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - beaux arts
 - renaissance revival
 - glass
 - limestone
 - brick

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof232 ftSanborn Fire Insurance Maps
to highest penthouse roof
Lower penthouse226 ftArchitectural Drawings
to lowest penthouse roof
Main roof213 ftArchitectural Drawings
to main/principal roof deck

• Architect: George B. Post & Sons.

• This hotel's architectural style is Georgian, which is a subset of English Renaissance Revival.

• The historic hotel was demolished in 2005 after the city deemed potential redevelopment plans unfeasible.

• The hotel was constructed between 1914 and 1915, but soon underwent an 200-room expansion along Washington Boulevard just one year after its completion in 1916 because the hotel had proven so popular.

• It underwent an extensive renovation in 1937 designed by Detroit-based Smith, Hinchman & Grylls, and constructed by general contractor Jerome A. Utley, which includes both interior and exterior changes, particularly the reconstruction of the lower amenity floors.

• Also an extensive interior renovation and reconstruction in 1963 to modernize the structure, which included the renovation of the top two floors into the "Hilton Towers," a "hotel within a hotel" concept.

• Closed on October 15, 1975 without a major investor to pay its back due bills.

• In April 1984, a major renovation proposal, Atrium Place, a 334-unit apartment project, was announced by a group of Southfield developers, but even after securing city and government grants to start the renovation, costs for the project skyrocket over the years, and the project failed in 1988.

• In December 1988, the Detroit Downtown Development Authority spent $70,000 on decorative awnings for the now abandoned Statler Hotel to try and improve its appearance for the NAIAS (North American International Auto Show).

• The Hotel Stater Detroit was demolished in 2005 following the approval of the Detroit Historic District Commission.

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