Construction on the Renaissance Center was started in 1971 after an effort of private investors led by Henry Ford II. At the time, it was the largest private development in the world. It was intended to revitalize the economy of Detroit.
The first tower was completed in 1976 and was used as a hotel. At the time, it was the tallest all hotel skyscraper. Ford occpied the building until 1996 when General Motors bought it.
It still is the tallest building in Michigan.