Louis Kamper

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Cadillac Square Building, 1918 (demolished)
Sutton Residence, Grosse Pointe, Michigan, 1931

Louis Kamper (March 11, 1861 – February 24, 1953)[1] was an American architect, active in and around Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan, in the United States.

Project range[edit]

In the early 20th century, with the major development of Detroit's Washington Boulevard launched by the Book brothers, Louis Kamper was called to redesign the street wall of the area.[2] As a result, the boulevard is now lined with several Kamper-designed buildings: the Book Building (1916), the Washington Boulevard Building (1922–23), the Book-Cadillac Hotel (1924), the Book Tower (1926), and the Industrial Building (1928). Other downtown works include the Cadillac Square Building (1918), demolished in 1978, and the Water Board Building (1928), one of his finest skyscrapers.

His residential architectural projects include the Châteauesque style Col. Frank J. Hecker House in Detroit,[3] and the Italian Renaissance Revival style Murray Sales House (1917) in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.[note 1]

Louis Kamper styled the four architectural sculptures above the Michigan Avenue entrance to the Book-Cadillac Hotel which are, from left to right: Anthony Wayne, Antoine Cadillac, Chief Pontiac, and Robert Navarre.[4]

Kamper-designed buildings[edit]

All buildings are located in Detroit, unless otherwise indicated.

Buildings designed by Louis Kamper include:


  1. ^ The Murray Sales House, located at 251 Lincoln Road in Grosse Pointe, was later altered from the original design.
  2. ^ A 1929 project for an even taller, 81-story New Book Tower remained unbuilt due to the advent of the Great Depression.[2]


  1. ^ Louis Kamper at Find-A-Grave, Retrieved on July 8, 2009
  2. ^ a b Book Tower and Book Building. Historic Detroit. Retrieved on November 8, 2013.
  3. ^ National Park Service: Colonel Frank Hecker House
  4. ^ Lloyd, Marshall Davies (August 20, 2006).Navarre Arms. Retrieved on June 17, 2008.
  5. ^ Marvin M. Stanton Home. Detroit1701. Retrieved on November 8, 2013.
  6. ^ James Burgess Book, Jr. Home. Detroit1701. Retrieved on November 8, 2013.
  7. ^ George E Lawson Home. Historic Detroit.org.

Further reading[edit]

  • 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. 

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