First National Building

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First National Building
General information
Type Office
Completed 1930
Technical details
Floor count 26
Design and construction
Architect Albert Kahn
First National Building
Location 660 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°19′51.7″N 83°2′45.2″W / 42.331028°N 83.045889°W / 42.331028; -83.045889Coordinates: 42°19′51.7″N 83°2′45.2″W / 42.331028°N 83.045889°W / 42.331028; -83.045889
Part of Detroit Financial District (#09001067)
Designated CP December 14, 2009

The First National Building is a skyscraper and class-A office center in Downtown Detroit, Michigan, within the Detroit Financial District. The building is located across the streets from Cadillac Tower and One Detroit Center, and stands next to the Vinton Building.


Built between 1921 and 1930,[1] the building rises 26 stories and includes two basement levels, occupying an entire block along Cadillac Square (adjacent to Campus Martius Park). It is 341 feet (104 m) tall. The structure has an unusual "Z" shape, designed so that most offices would have natural light and ventilation.

The building, designed by Albert Kahn in the Neoclassical architectural style, was constructed primarily with limestone. Three-story Corinthian columns surround the building at the second floor. The space behind the columns originally housed the main banking hall; however, this space was divided for offices during a renovation. The building also houses a parking garage in the South East tower, which is accessible from Bates Street. The original cornice was removed in the late 1970s, and the parapet of the building covered with corrugated aluminum.

The first floor of the building houses retail space, while the upper floors were designed as commercial offices.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ First National Building. Retrieved on April 12, 2014.

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. 
  • 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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