Globe Tobacco Building

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Globe Tobacco Building
Globe Tobacco Building Detroit MI.jpg
Location 407 East Fort Street
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°19′59″N 83°2′34″W / 42.33306°N 83.04278°W / 42.33306; -83.04278Coordinates: 42°19′59″N 83°2′34″W / 42.33306°N 83.04278°W / 42.33306; -83.04278
Built 1888
Architect William Scott & Company
Architectural style Other, Romanesque
NRHP Reference # 84000442[1]
Added to NRHP November 13, 1984

The Globe Tobacco Building is a manufacturing building located at 407 East Fort Street in Downtown Detroit, Michigan. It is the oldest tobacco manufactory extant in Detroit,[2] and is listed by the National Register of Historic Places.


Globe Tobacco Building, c. 1891

The tobacco industry was a leading component of Detroit's economy during the latter half of the nineteenth century, and by the 1890s was the largest industry in the city.[3] Globe Tobacco, which was one of the largest five manufacturers in the city,[3] was established in 1871 by O. P. Hazard, Thomas McGraw, Hiram Walker, and William Moore.[2] Construction began in 1888.[3] The Globe Tobacco Company went out of business in 1925.[3] The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[1]

At one time the company Real Times Media, owner of black newspapers in the US, had its headquarters in the Globe Tobacco Building.[4]


Designed by William Scott & Company, Alexander Chapoton, of one of Detroit's oldest French families, built the six-story red brick Romanesque mill-style building with load-bearing masonry walls and heavy timbered roof and floors.[3] A 1 12-story entrance archway is located in the center bay on the south side, and is flanked by two concrete spheres.[5] Redstone Architects designed the renovation for the building into office space in 1984.[6]


  1. ^ a b Staff (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Globe Tobacco Company Building from Woodward Avenue
  3. ^ a b c d e "Globe Tobacco Building" (PDF). City of Detroit. 
  4. ^ "Home." (Archive) Real Times Media. June 17, 2007. Retrieved on December 11, 2013. "Headquarters: The Globe Building • 407 E. Fort Street • Suite 410 • Detroit, MI • 48226 "
  5. ^ Globe Tobacco Building from the state of Michigan
  6. ^ 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.