Cary Building (Detroit, Michigan)

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Cary Building
Cary Building Detroit MI 2.jpg
Cary Building from the east
Location 229 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°20′8″N 83°2′49″W / 42.33556°N 83.04694°W / 42.33556; -83.04694Coordinates: 42°20′8″N 83°2′49″W / 42.33556°N 83.04694°W / 42.33556; -83.04694
Built 1906
Architect Richard E. Raseman
Architectural style Beaux-Arts
Governing body Private
Part of Broadway Avenue Historic District (#04000656)
NRHP Reference # 83003670[1]
Added to NRHP November 25, 1983

The Cary Building is a commercial building located at 229 Gratiot Avenue (at the corner of Gratiot and Broadway) in Downtown Detroit, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[1]


Cary Building, Gratiot façade

The Cary Building was built by Frank M. Cary, a speculator in Detroit real estate.[2] Cary hired architect Richard E. Raseman (who also designed the Breitmeyer-Tobin Building, located across Broadway from the Cary, in 1905) to design the structure. The construction of the Cary Building began a transformation of Broadway (then called Miami Avenue) from an upper-class residential area into a fashionable commercial district.[2]


The five-story building, designed in the Beaux-Arts architectural style and faced with brick, is significant because of its strong use of vertical bays with capping arches.[2] Its original cornice has been removed, and the entire structure is in need of restoration.[3]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b c Cary Building from the city of Detroit
  3. ^ Cox, Sarah (May 10, 2012).The Cary Building Joins A Long List Of Detroit Brick Droppers. Curbed Detroit. Retrieved on November 18, 2013.

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