One Detroit Center

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One Detroit Center
Comericatower.jpg
Alternative names Comerica Tower
500 Woodward Avenue
General information
Status Complete
Type Commercial offices
Location 500 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°19′48″N 83°02′42″W / 42.33°N 83.045°W / 42.33; -83.045Coordinates: 42°19′48″N 83°02′42″W / 42.33°N 83.045°W / 42.33; -83.045
Construction started 1991
Completed 1993
Height
Antenna spire 188.7 m (619 ft)
Roof 184.9 m (607 ft)
Top floor 176.2 m (578 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 43
2 below ground
Floor area 1,674,700 sq ft (155,580 m2)
Lifts/elevators 22
Design and construction
Architect Philip Johnson
John Burgee
Developer Hines Interests
Main contractor Walbridge Aldinger Company
References
[1][2][3][4]

One Detroit Center is a skyscraper and class-A office building located downtown which overlooks the Detroit Financial District. Rising 619 feet (189 m), the 43-story tower is the tallest office building in Michigan, and the second tallest overall in the state behind the central hotel tower of the Renaissance Center, located a few blocks away. Although the Penobscot Building has more floors (45 above-ground floors compared to 43), One Detroit Center's floors are taller, with its roof sitting roughly 60 feet (18 m) taller than Penobscot's. Its floor area is 1,674,708 sq ft (155,585.5 m2).

Architecture[edit]

One Detroit Center from Jefferson Avenue

The building was designed by noted architects John Burgee & Philip Johnson, partners influential in postmodern architecture.[5] One Detroit Center was constructed from 1991 to 1993. It houses numerous other tenants, including many prominent Detroit law firms, and other banks. In addition to retail, the building also contains a restaurant.

The building is famous for its postmodern architectural design topped with Flemish-inspired neo-gothic spires which blend architecturally with the city's historic skyline.[5] It is constructed mainly of granite. Sometimes called a "twin gothic structure", for its pairs of spires, it is oriented North-South and East-West (as named on a plaque along the Windsor waterfront park). One Detroit Center won the Award of Excellence for its design in 1996. One Detroit Center replicas have become a souvenir item along with other Detroit skyscrapers.[6]

Project plans for twin tower, Two Detroit Center proposed directly east of the tower were placed indefinitely on hold.[7] Two Detroit Center parking garage was constructed on the site in 2002.[8]

Tenants[edit]

The law firm Dickinson Wright (formerly Dickinson, Wright, Moon, Van Dusen & Freeman) has its headquarters in One Detroit Center.[9][10] The company moved into the building when it opened in 1992.[11] In 2007 the company had almost 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) of space in the building. That year it renewed its lease.[10] Additionally, the law firm of Clark Hill, PLC rents three floors in the building.

The building has been occupied by Comerica Bank. In efforts to expand its U.S. presence, the bank has engaged in a succession of takeovers in Texas, Florida, Arizona, and California. The bank's lease on Comerica Tower at Detroit Center ran through 2012.[12] Comerica is a major sponsor of Comerica Park, the home of the Detroit Tigers baseball team. In December 2009, tenant Comerica announced it would vacate One Detroit Center by 2012, consolidating its Michigan operations at 411 West Lafayette Boulevard.[13] The building is also occupied by Quicken Loans and the law firm Clark Hill.[citation needed]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ One Detroit Center at CTBUH Skyscraper Database
  2. ^ One Detroit Center at Emporis
  3. ^ One Detroit Center at SkyscraperPage
  4. ^ One Detroit Center at Structurae
  5. ^ a b Sharoff, Robert (2005). American City: Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3270-6. 
  6. ^ InFocusTech skyscrapers. Retrieved on July 16, 2009.
  7. ^ John Gallagher; Dick Rochan (27 October 1991). "Unbuilt Detroit". The Detroit Free Press Magazine. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Two Detroit Center Garage at Emporis
  9. ^ "Dickinson Wright gaming practice enters Europe with law firm agreement in Bulgaria." Crain's Detroit Business. November 12, 2013. Modified November 13, 2013. Retrieved on November 23, 2013. "Detroit-based law firm Dickinson Wright PLLC announced Tuesday a cooperation agreement with Velchev & Co., a law firm based in Sofia, Bulgaria."
  10. ^ a b "Dickinson Wright renews One Detroit Center lease." Crain's Detroit Business. December 3, 2007. Retrieved on November 23, 2013.
  11. ^ "Tenant Testimonials." (Archive) One Detroit Center. Retrieved on November 23, 2013.
  12. ^ Alejandro Bodipo-Memba (6 March 2007). "Comerica moving HQ to Dallas". The Detroit Free Press. 
  13. ^ "Comerica Bank to Invest $18 Million in its Landmark 411 W. Lafayette Building". AllBusiness. 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 

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. 
  • 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. 

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