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Building & Tower
stand to the left of the abandoned Cadillac
Both were designed by Louis Kamper.
icons of the power and wealth of Detroit in the twenties, the
Book Tower and the grand Cadillac
Hotel are still magnificent in spite of the fact
that they are practically empty shells and rapidly decaying.
I am happy to report that since this classic
tour was authored in 1997, the fortunes of the Book Building
have greatly improved.
The current owner writes
the following: "There have been
over $7,000,000.00 put into the Book Building within the past
two years: 9 new computerized ADA compliant elevators, restored
decorative ceilings, storefronts, awnings, restaurants, florists,
etc. I was the first building to have a fiber optic backbone
in downtown Detroit, the building is lit, has a redundant power
grid, attached parking, a people mover stop, and is in a federally
funded HUB zone.
The building is currently 56% occupied- with no debt-
pretty darn good for a female-owned building of 400,000 square
feet subsequent to 9/11!" Update 2015: Following the above hopeful beginnings the Book Buiding and Tower have gone abandoned. Latest rumor is that an Italian investment company has taken possession. However no renovations are taking place. The only chnage is a covered walkway has been placed around the building to protect pedestrians from the potential of building appointments falling on them.