Ford Building (Detroit)

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Ford Building
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General information
Type Commercial offices
Location 615 Griswold Street
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°19′45″N 83°02′47″W / 42.3293°N 83.0464°W / 42.3293; -83.0464Coordinates: 42°19′45″N 83°02′47″W / 42.3293°N 83.0464°W / 42.3293; -83.0464
Construction started 1907
Completed 1909
Height
Roof 83.82 m (275.0 ft)
Technical details
Floor count above ground: 19
below ground: 2
Floor area 202,686 sq ft (18,830.1 m2)
Lifts/elevators 6
Design and construction
Architect Daniel Burnham
Ford Building (Detroit)
Architectural style Neo-Classical and
Neo-Renaissance
Governing body Private
Part of Detroit Financial District (#09001067)
Designated CP December 14, 2009
References
[1][2]

The Ford Building is a high-rise office building located at 615 Griswold Street in Downtown Detroit, Michigan. It stands at the northwest corner of Congress and Griswold Streets, in the heart of Detroit's Financial District. The Penobscot Building abuts the building to the north, and the Guardian Building is southeast across Griswold Street.

Architecture[edit]

Designed by Daniel Burnham, construction began in 1907 and completed in 1909. The building celebrated its 100th year in 2009, and was one of the first to use a steel structural support system.[citation needed] It stands at 23 stories in total height, with two basement floors, 19 above-ground floors, and two penthouses. It held the title as tallest building in Detroit from 1909 until 1913. The Ford Building's primary uses are for offices and retail. Burnham styled it with Neo-Classical and Neo-Renaissance elements. It is constructed with a steel skeleton faced with terra cotta tile and accented with white Italian marble. Burham's other remaining skyscraper designs in Detroit include the David Whitney Building (1915) and the Dime Building (1912).[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ford Building (Detroit) at Emporis
  2. ^ Ford Building (Detroit) at SkyscraperPage
  3. ^ 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. 

Further reading[edit]

  • 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. 
  • Moore, Charles (1921). Daniel H. Burnham, Architect, Planner of Cities, Volume 2. Houghton Mifflin. 
  • Sharoff, Robert (2005). American City: Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3270-6. 
  • Sobocinski, Melanie Grunow (2005). Detroit and Rome: building on the past. Regents of the University of Michigan. ISBN 0-933691-09-2. 

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