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Penobscot Building - Photos

The American Indian chief over the Griswold Street entrance

The knob of the Penobscot has shined over Detroit for more than 80 years.

The Penobscot and Dime buildings at night

The Penobscot in the snow

All three of the Penobscot buildings - the first is at center, the second at right and the final is the tall drink of water in back.

These owl men guard the entrance to the Penobscot on Griswold Street.

The Penobscot, center, with the Guardian Building at left.

The Penobscot, left, and Dime buildings stand proudly along Griswold Street.

More than 80 years after opening, the Penobscot remains a dominating fixture in Campus Martius.

The Penobscot as seen from the roof of the Guardian Building.

The lobby of the Penobscot was sadly modernized.

The Penobscot still dominates downtown's skyline.

A rare view of the Penobscot from the roof of the First National Building

Big Chief perched above the Griswold Street entrance

Todd Farnum climbs the Penobscot's iconic beacon to change the bulbs in spring 2015.