Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Detroit Branch Building

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Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Detroit Branch Building
The original 1927 building is in the foreground, with the annex to the right
Location 160 West Fort Street
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°19′51″N 83°2′56″W / 42.33083°N 83.04889°W / 42.33083; -83.04889Coordinates: 42°19′51″N 83°2′56″W / 42.33083°N 83.04889°W / 42.33083; -83.04889
Built 1927; 1951 (annex)
Architect Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, Smith, Hinchman & Grylls/Miinoru Yamasaki
Architectural style Classical Revival, International Style
Part of Detroit Financial District (#09001067)
NRHP Reference # 07001491[1]
Added to NRHP January 29, 2008

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Detroit Branch Building is a bank building located at 160 West Fort Street in downtown Detroit, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.[1]

The building was constructed in 1927 in a Classical Revival style.

In 1951, an eight-story glass-and-marble annex, designed by Minoru Yamasaki, was added to the building.[2] The Modern annex is clearly designed not to mimic the original building, but to make a statement all its own.

In 2004, the Federal Reserve Bank moved to a new building at 1600 East Warren Avenue, leaving the building on Fort empty. A developer purchased the building with the intention of creating loft space.[3]

In July 2011, Quicken Loans representatives were visiting the building, leading to speculation that Dan Gilbert would purchase the space.[4] Gilbert announced the purchase on January 30, 2012.[5]

In February 2014, the Detroit Media Partnership, parent of the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News, announced all three organizations would occupy six floors in both the old and new sections of the building. The partnership expected to place signs on the exterior similar to those on the former headquarters.[6][7] The move took place October 24–27, 2014.[8]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Hill, Eric J.; Gallagher, John (2003). AIA Detroit. Wayne State University Press. p. 90. ISBN 0-8143-3120-3. 
  3. ^ Kavanaugh, Kelli B. (22 January 2008). "Reserve Lofts to bring 84 apartments to financial district". Model D. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  4. ^ Gallagher, John (15 July 2011). "Is Federal Reserve building another Dan Gilbert deal?". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  5. ^ Oosting, Jonathan (30 January 2012). "Dan Gilbert purchases Federal Reserve Building, continues Monopoly game in downtown Detroit". Mlive.com. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  6. ^ Zaniewski, Ann; Gallagher, John (20 February 2014). "Free Press, News moving to new home in core of downtown Detroit". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  7. ^ Aguilar, Louis (23 April 2014). "Detroit News, Free Press, DMP will occupy 6 floors in old Federal Reserve building". The Detroit News. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  8. ^ Rubin, Neil (24 October 2014). "News moving out, leaving century of memories behind". Detroit News. Retrieved 2014-10-27.