Book Tower

1249-1265 Washington Boulevard

Quick Facts


  • Tower built in 1917
  • Building built in 1926
  • Office and residential
  • 487,000 square feet
  • Key tenants coming soon

Completed in 1926 by the legendary Louis Kamper, this Italian Renaissance building towers at 475 feet—one of Detroit'’s tallest and oldest skyscrapers. Currently under restoration, this 38-story landmark will offer a boutique hotel, office space, ground floor retail, and private living. It is a fixture in the skyline, with its ornate copper roof visible for miles, notable Corinthian columns, and carved caryatids. The stately building affixed to the tower features rows of windows ascending to the top, along with 12 sculptures surrounding the Washington Boulevard facade; The Book Building was designed by renowned architect Louis Kamper with a unique U-shaped design that allows for ample natural light; It is in proximity to Campus Martius Park, Capitol Park and Grand Circus Park.

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