Lawyers Building

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Lawyers Building
Lawyers Building Detroit MI.jpg
Location137 Cadillac Square
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates42°19′54.88″N 83°2′38.19″W / 42.3319111°N 83.0439417°W / 42.3319111; -83.0439417Coordinates: 42°19′54.88″N 83°2′38.19″W / 42.3319111°N 83.0439417°W / 42.3319111; -83.0439417
Built byMisch, Otto, Co.
ArchitectBonnah & Chaffee
Architectural styleChicago School
NRHP reference #82002903[1]
Added to NRHPApril 22, 1982

The Lawyers Building is an office building located at 137 Cadillac Square in downtown Detroit, Michigan. It is also known as the American Title Building. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1]


Lawyers Building from the northwest

The Lawyers Building was built in 1922, the first building erected by John J. Barlum and his family in their rebuilding of the Cadillac Square area.[2] The building originally catered to middle class level tenants, including many unions and benevolent organizations.[2]


The Lawyers Building was designed in the Chicago School architectural style, and is constructed of reinforced concrete and steel faced with terra cotta. It stands at 10 floors in height, featuring regular bays with grouped wood casement windows with metal spandrel panels.[2] It was one of the few office buildings of the time that strove for modernism over ornamentation.[3] It is currently the finest nearly unaltered Chicago-style highrise in Detroit; the only change made to the building is the modern marble ground-level storefront.[2]

The building is located east of the larger New Cadillac Square Apartments and Cadillac Tower (both also built by Barlum),[4] and west of Wayne County Building, at the corner of Cadillac Square, and Randolph Avenue. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

See also[edit]

  • Other buildings designed by Bonnah & Chaffee:


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
  2. ^ a b c d Lawyers Building Archived 2011-06-06 at the Wayback Machine from the state of Michigan
  3. ^ Lawyers Building Archived 2006-09-26 at the Wayback Machine from the city of Detroit
  4. ^ Detroit History of Cadillac Square from New Cadillac Square Apartments

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