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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
 - steel
 - limestone

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

- Architect: Louis Kamper

- The Book Building was completed in 1916, and the adjacent Book Tower a decade later in 1926. An unbuilt second tower of 81 stories was proposed on the south end of the complex, but was killed by the Great Depression.

- The building was the city's tallest upon its completion, but only until 1928 with the completion of the Penobscot Building.

- 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.

- Bedrock Real Estate Services puchased the building in 2015 and began a renovation project in 2017. The renovation will transform the complex into 150,000 sq ft of office and retail space, a hotel, and approximately 95 residential apartment units.

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