Merchants Building

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Merchants Building
Merchants Building Detroit MI 2.jpg
Location 206 East Grand River Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°20′5″N 83°2′45″W / 42.33472°N 83.04583°W / 42.33472; -83.04583Coordinates: 42°20′5″N 83°2′45″W / 42.33472°N 83.04583°W / 42.33472; -83.04583
Built 1922
Built by Misch, Otto & Co.
Architect Bonnah & Chaffee
Part of Broadway Avenue Historic District (#04000656)
NRHP Reference # 83003732[1]
Added to NRHP November 25, 1983

The Merchants Building is a commercial building located at 206 East Grand River Avenue (at Broadway Street) in Downtown Detroit, Michigan. It is also known as the Broadway Merchants Building. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[1]


The Merchants Building was designed by Bonnah & Chaffee in 1922 for John Barlum (who also constructed the Barlum Tower).[2] Throughout its history, the building has housed many business, including at least three furriers, Midwest Woolen Co., Kroger Grocery & Bakery, NY Life Insurance Co., a jeweler and shoe repair shop.[3] The lowrise building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 25, 1983.


The Merchants Building stands at 8 floors in height. It is built from steel and reinforced concrete, and wrapped with terra cotta.[2] The façade is divided vertically into three sections: the bottom two stories are the storefront area, the middle five floors are divided by metal spandrel panels with raised panels, and the top floor windows are divided by terra cotta shields.[2]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c Merchants Building from the state of Michigan
  3. ^ Merchants Building (Broadway Merchants Building) from the city of Detroit

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