A storied building
for the books
Commissioned by the Book brothers, Book Tower was designed by architect Louis Kamper to transform Washington Boulevard into an upscale and fashionable intersection of Detroit. When it opened in 1926, it was the tallest structure in the city at 38-stories, designed with Roman-influenced intricacies and sparkling interiors that featured fine dining, shopping and offices.
Today, Book Tower is an instantly recognizable Detroit landmark. The restoration and renovation embrace century-old design and modern amenities, revealing a collection of spaces for visitors to live, work, dine, celebrate and stay once again.
Dating back to the 6th century BC, caryatids are stone sculptures of female figures that serve as architectural support. A total of 29 adorn Book Tower’s façade and are found across the building's midsection and along the roof’s cornice.
The Rotunda rises three stories and features a massive art glass dome. It is the crown jewel of the building’s entryway and consists of a cast-iron and brass dome framework, with 6,000 glass panels and 7,000 jewel embellishments.
The lobby’s original plaster ceiling has been restored with an eye for authenticity. Molds of the intact portions were made to recreate the intricate patterns, which were then hand-painted with care.
All of the property’s 2,483 windows have been replaced, maintaining historical accuracy and increasing energy efficiency.
The ornamentation on elevator doors have been replicated and replaced. The flourishes, florets and figures of birds are features of a motif found throughout the building.
Originally constructed as offices, Book Tower's 229 residential apartments are spread across 28 floors and configured in 45 different floor plans to suit every lifestyle.
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