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.
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.
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.