Vinton Building

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Vinton Building
Vinton Building Detroit MI.jpg
Location600 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates42°19′49.9″N 83°2′44.59″W / 42.330528°N 83.0457194°W / 42.330528; -83.0457194Coordinates: 42°19′49.9″N 83°2′44.59″W / 42.330528°N 83.0457194°W / 42.330528; -83.0457194
ArchitectAlbert Kahn
Architectural styleNeo-Classical
Part ofDetroit Financial District (#09001067)
NRHP reference #83000898 [1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPFebruary 17, 1983
Designated MSHSNovember 16, 1982[2]

The Vinton Building is a residential high-rise located at 600 Woodward Avenue (at the northeast corner of Woodward and Congress Street) in Downtown Detroit, Michigan. It stands next to the First National Building, across Woodward Avenue from Chase Tower (currently known as The Qube) and the Guardian Building, and across Congress Street from One Detroit Center. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1982[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[1]


Vinton Building, c. 1922

The building, designed by Albert Kahn and completed in 1917, stands 12 stories tall, 172 ft. (52 m), with 2 basement levels for a total of 14 floors. Its primary uses are for offices and retail. The building was constructed in the neo-classical architectural style, and contains mainly terra cotta as its main material. It features a peaked parapet wall on the front façade, reminiscent of classical temples.

The Vinton Building at bottom right, next to the First National Building


The Vinton underwent a reconstruction in 2006, turning the building into a loft building. The renovation included commercial space on the first two floors, and one loft on each of the additional ten floors. The renovation began in December 2005, and included a conversion of the basement into a parking level, ground floor retail, second floor commercial space, with the top ten floors being converted into multiple condominium units, one or two per floor. As of 2010, renovation has stalled and the building has yet to open.

Dan Gilbert, owner of dozens of Downtown Detroit properties, purchased the building in 2013.[3]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Vinton Building". Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Retrieved August 7, 2010.
  3. ^ Pinho, Kirk (26 March 2013). "Gilbert buys Vinton Building on Woodward Avenue". Crain's Detroit. Retrieved 22 December 2014.

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