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Detroit Commerce Building

138-150 Michigan Avenue
Detroit MI United States

Construction Dates
Floor Count12
Basement Floors1
Building Uses
 - unused
 - office
 - retail
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - chicago school
 - terra cotta

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof170 ftSanborn Fire Insurance Company Maps
Main roof160 ftSanborn Fire Insurance Company Maps

- This structure was originally constructed as the deparment store for the People's Outfitting Company in 1916.

- People's Outfitting moved from the building in 1959 as the decline of downtown Detroit (and downtown department stores, in general) to a smaller building that would fit the department stores smaller size.

- The building was converted to office space soon after the moving of People's in the early 1960's. It was reopened as the Detroit Commerce Building, and attracted the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce, and numerous state government offices over the years.

- The building officially closed in 1997, with only the Detroit Historic Commission, the Detroit Transportation Corporation, Wayne County Veterans Affairs offices, and Detroit People Mover offices remaining as tenants.

- The building was demolished in December of 2006 to make room for a parking garage for the Westin Book-Cadillac Hotel & Residences project, and is to include 80 units of residences atop the 8-10 story parking garage.

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