Historic Detroit

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Book Tower and Building - Photos Decor Detail

This might evolve into the most photographed clock in the city :-) The original and ornate plaster clock dubbed the “Cherub Clock” sits just inside the front doors. The clock was apparently hidden for years during previous ownership of the building – for fear of it being stolen. Thankfully it was returned to Bedrock upon the purchase of the building.

The keystone bust over the Washington Blvd. entrance

Looking up at the top of the newly renovated Book Tower - built in the model of Beaux-Arts Classicism, which imitates Roman and Greek architecture, the tower stands 38 stories tall and at 475 feet high it was briefly the tallest building in Detroit until the construction of the Penobscot building in 1928.

Staircase railing detail shot

The Cherub Clock seen in the lobby has been fully restored and is the original master clock from the building. Every office and shop was equipped with a clock, all of which were regulated by the master clock.

Ceiling tiles detail shot

Old buildings are witnesses to the aesthetic and cultural history of a city. The level of detail spent during renovation of the Book is absolutely fascinating.

Incredible ceiling detail

Front door chandelier

A detailed view at the beautiful north facade facing Grand River Ave.

The Book Building's caryatids were removed and replaced with fiberglass exact replicas. Over the years, the steel frames inside the figures rusted and damaged the sculptures from within - too far gone to be repaired.

A close up view at the skylight

A look look at the renovated North and West facades with the thirteenth story "belt" of nude figures.