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One Woodward Avenue - Old photos

One Woodward rises in September 1961

The "Skyramp" is hoisted into place 183 feet above Larned Street on Aug. 29, 1976, connecting One Woodward to the Guardian Building. The $440,000 project has since been universally panned as bad idea.

Looking north up Woodward, with One Woodward at left, and a Boblo boat along the river in 1963

One Woodward gets some landscaping ahead of its opening in 1963

One Woodward rises in 1962

Looking up at the Modern beauty of One Woodward

One Woodward brought Modern architecture to downtown Detroit, replacing the Hotel Norton.

One Woodward is nearly completed in 1963

One Woodward is nearly completed in 1963

One Woodward gets a scrub-down

One Woodward is nearly completed in 1963

"Passo di Danza" by artist Giacomo Manzu, an 11-foot bronze sculpture, stands in front of One Woodward.

A MichCon employee works in One Woodward Avenue, shortly after the skyscraper opened in 1963.

Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. President Ralph T. McElvenny, left, and Mayor Louis C. Miriani turn the first soil for the new building April 11, 1960. Architect Minoru Yamasaki is at back left.

One Woodward rises in July 1961

One Woodward in 1986

One Woodward in 1966

One Woodward Avenue - and the future site of the Renaissance Center - as seen from the top of the Pontchartrain Hotel in October 1966.