Historic Detroit

Every building in Detroit has a story — we're here to share it

Farwell Building - Post-renovation photos

The exterior of the Farwell, as seen from Capitol Park

The building is a prime example of the architectural style known as the Chicago school

Front facade detail of the Farwell Building

Looking down the jaw-dropping rotunda of the Farwell

Beautifully restored main entrance

The staircase of the Farwell building

The lobby of the Farwell, where two Tiffany chandeliers once hung. They were stolen when the building was abandoned.

The grand staircase

The building originally had three elevators; due to their size, the elevators were reconfigured into two main elevators

An octagonal light court stretches through the building from top to bottom.

Floor number indicators were inspired from the original drawings of the Farwell building

The Farwell Building has the only commercial lobby in Detroit designed by Louis Tiffany

Stairway railing detail

A Shinola clock in the Farwell building

Another view from the grand staircase

Another view at the rotunda and staircase

The cast iron railings and staircases are the defining features of the building

The Farwell building and the Book Tower - two historic Detroit restorations in the early 2020s.