Cadillac Tower

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This article is about the Detroit skyscraper Cadillac Tower. For the attached skyscraper complex approved for construction, see Cadillac Centre. For the New Center Detroit skyscraper, see Cadillac Place.
Cadillac Tower
BarlumTowerDetroit.jpg
Former names Barlum Tower
General information
Type Commercial offices
Coordinates 42°19′55″N 83°02′42″W / 42.331976°N 83.044893°W / 42.331976; -83.044893Coordinates: 42°19′55″N 83°02′42″W / 42.331976°N 83.044893°W / 42.331976; -83.044893
Height
Antenna spire 176.2 m (578 ft)
Roof 133.4 m (438 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 40
2 below ground
Floor area 31,773 m2 (342,000 sq ft)
Barlum Tower
Location 65 Cadillac Square
Detroit, Michigan
Built 1927
Architect Bonnah & Chaffee
Otto Misch Co.
Architectural style Neo-Gothic, Chicago School[1]
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 05000737
Added to NRHP July 27, 2005
References
[2][3][4][5][6]

The Cadillac Tower is a 40-story, 133.4 m (438 ft) Neo-Gothic skyscraper designed by the architectural firm of Bonnah & Chaffee at 65 Cadillac Square in Downtown Detroit, Michigan, not far from Renaissance Center. The building's materials include terra cotta and brick. It was built in 1927 as Barlum Tower. At the top of the tower is a tall guyed mast for local radio station WJLB and television station WLPC-CD. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.[6]

History[edit]

Cadillac Tower was the first building outside New York City and Chicago to have 40 floors, including two below ground. The building also houses the city of Detroit's Planning and Development Department, and its Recreation Department. Cadillac Tower's decorative cornices and parapets are of varying heights. The corner spires rise to a height of 130 m (430 ft), and the spires at the middle façade rise to the same height of the mechanical penthouse at 133.4 m (438 ft).

From 1994 to 2000, one side of the building featured a 14-story mural of Detroit Lions star player Barry Sanders. The mural was retired after a six-year deal with Nike expired. That mural was then replaced with one of Detroit Red Wings star Steve Yzerman. Currently the building features an ad for TAP, a sports bar at the MGM Grand Detroit Casino.

In January 2008, the City of Detroit and Cadillac Tower's owner Northern Group, Inc., announced plans for Cadillac Centre, a $150-million mixed-use residential entertainment-retail complex attached to the skyscraper. Designed by architect Anthony Caradonna, the contemporary steel and glass 24-story center would have filled in the currently vacant Monroe Block adjacent to Campus Martius. This project was put on indefinite hold ultimately being replaced by Meridian Health Plan's future headquarters.[7]

Gallery[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Eric J. Hill; John Gallagher (2003). Aia Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. p. 102. ISBN 978-0-8143-3120-0. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Cadillac Tower at CTBUH Skyscraper Database
  3. ^ Cadillac Tower at Emporis
  4. ^ Cadillac Tower at SkyscraperPage
  5. ^ Cadillac Tower at Structurae
  6. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  7. ^ Daniel Duggan (6 October 2008). "Detroit Economic Growth Corp. ends Cadillac Centre deal". Crains Detroit Press. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Hill, Eric J. and John Gallagher (2002). AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3120-3. 
  • Kvaran, Einar Einarsson, Architectural Sculpture of America, unpublished manuscript.
  • Meyer, Katherine Mattingly and Martin C.P. McElroy with Introduction by W. Hawkins Ferry, Hon A.I.A. (1980). Detroit Architecture A.I.A. Guide Revised Edition. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1651-4. 
  • Sharoff, Robert (2005). American City: Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3270-6. 
  • Savage, Rebecca Binno and Greg Kowalski (2004). Art Deco in Detroit (Images of America). Arcadia. ISBN 0-7385-3228-2. 

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