Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Cadillac Place

Kitty Corner to the Fisher Building is the Cadillac Place. These are part of what is considered as the New Center Area of Detroit. So called because it would represent a new center of Detroit.

Up until 2001, Cadillac Place was the headquarters of General Motors but they decided it would be too costly to renovate the building up to modern standards, so they moved over to the Renaissance Center and they ended up leasing the building to the State of Michigan which would have the option to buy for $1 after the lease is up.

In 1919, William Durant after much pressure from GM's board of directors decided to break ground on a permanent headquarters for the company. It's architect was Albert Kahn and construction was completed in 1923.

It is a 15 story, Neo-Classical building and it stands at 220 feet tall.

You can see evidence of the classical architecture of the building. I would have liked to spend more time here but it was freaking cold....

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