A Monumental Undertaking

Located in downtown Detroit at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Grand River, the historic Book Tower has been a prominent feature of Detroit’s skyline since its completion in 1926. The full renovation of the property will encompass both the Book Tower and the adjacent Book Building, resulting in the property’s return to its original grandeur and breathing new life into this hallmark of Detroit’s downtown urban core.


Completed in 1926, the Book Tower is a key anchor of one of Detroit’s downtown historic districts located on Washington Boulevard, between Clifford Street and Michigan Avenue.

map showing tower location in relation to washington boulevard & the historic district

The renovation will encompass both the Book Tower and the adjacent Book Building, spanning over 500,000 square feet.

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aerial shot of book tower, taken in 19521952

At the time of its construction, the highly embellished Italian Renaissance-style building was the tallest in the city, rising 38 stories above Washington Boulevard. The project was conceived by the Book Brothers, two of Detroit’s most influential real estate developers of the era, and designed by esteemed architect Louis Kamper.

Housing office tenants and a variety of retailers, the Book Tower and the adjacent Book Building were envisioned as the anchors of a vibrant commercial corridor that spanned from Grand Circus Park to Michigan Avenue.


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The Book Tower’s vast collection of outstanding architectural features includes intricate limestone carvings by Italian-American sculptor Corrado Parducci, whose work can be found in many buildings throughout Detroit.

At the Top of The City

Among the building’s many elaborate limestone carvings, the twelve caryatids overlooking Washington Boulevard are perhaps the most iconic. These Greek-influenced female figures embody the opulence and craftsmanship characteristic of Kamper’s work.

Bedrock is grateful to have the opportunity to bring such a historical building back to life and activate Washington Boulevard to its full potential. While full details regarding the building’s programming have yet to be determined, residents and visitors can expect the Book Tower and the connecting Book Building to be reinvigorated as a mixed-use property featuring a combination of retail, office, hospitality, and residential space.

Want to see more? Click below to take a look at the progress to date and to see what the future holds for one of Detroit’s iconic skyline giants.

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