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Majestic Building

1011 Woodward Avenue
Detroit MI United States

Status:destroyed
Construction Dates
  Finished1896
  Destroyed1962
Floor Count14
Building Uses
 - office
 - observation
 - science
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - beaux arts
Materials
 - terra cotta

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof222 ftSanborn Fire Insurance Map

Description
- Architect: Daniel H. Burnham & Company

- Cost at Completion: $1,000,000

- This was Detroit's tallest high-rise building from 1896 to 1909 when the Ford Building was completed.

- This was Detroit's second "skyscraper." It was demolished in 1962 to make room for the International-styled 1001 Woodward, which was completed 3 years later.

- Billed as a "fireproof skyscraper" a fire broke out on the top floor of the building in 1915, and burned for two hours, but never spread beyond its origin.

- This building contained a roof-top observation deck, which offered unobsctructed views for 12 miles in any direction. The cost for viewing was a dime.

- The top of the building also served as a station for the United States Weather Bureau. Observation deck patrons could view meteorologists preforming experiments and predicting the weather.

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