Cadillac Tower

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Cadillac Tower
Former namesBarlum Tower
General information
TypeCommercial offices
Coordinates42°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
Antenna spire176.2 m (578 ft)
Roof133.4 m (438 ft)
Technical details
Floor count40
2 below ground
Floor area31,773 m2 (342,000 sq ft)
Barlum Tower
Location65 Cadillac Square
Detroit, Michigan
Built byOtto Misch Co.
ArchitectBonnah & Chaffee
Architectural styleNeo-Gothic, Chicago School[1]
NRHP reference #05000737
Added to NRHPJuly 27, 2005

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 stations WMXD, WLLZ and television station WLPC-CD. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.[6]


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 the MGM Grand Detroit Casino featuring a lion.

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]


See also[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". CTBUH Skyscraper Center.
  3. ^ Cadillac Tower at Emporis
  4. ^ "Cadillac Tower". SkyscraperPage.
  5. ^ Cadillac Tower at Structurae
  6. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  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.; 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.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Sharoff, Robert (2005). American City: Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3270-6.
  • Savage, Rebecca Binno; Greg Kowalski (2004). Art Deco in Detroit (Images of America). Arcadia. ISBN 0-7385-3228-2.

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