Tallest Buildings in Detroit
These are the tallest buildings in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit has faced hard times lately with high unemployment and a decline in population but for many years Detroit was the Motor City and car capital of the world filled with great wealth. With that great wealth came building booms which saw many skyscrapers built in the city.
All of the buildings in Detroit listed here are at least 475 feet in height and most are located downtown near the best hotels and restaurants and the tallest building in the city is actually the tallest hotel in the United States and in the Western Hemisphere.
1) Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center - 727 feet
The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is the tallest building in Detroit, the 97th tallest building in the United States and the tallest hotel in the country and in the Western Hemisphere at 727 feet in height. Located along the International Riverfront the Renaissance Center is a group of seven interconnected buildings of which the Detroit Marriott is the tallest. The Coach Insignia restaurant is located on top of the 73 story Detroit Marriott.
2) One Detroit Center or Comerica Tower - 619 feet
Located at 500 Woodward Avenue is One Detroit Center or the Comerica Tower which is the 2nd tallest building in Detroit, Michigan at 619 feet in height. Built from 1991 to 1993 One Detroit Center or the Comerica Tower has 43 floors, is centrally located downtown near hotels and restaurants and is noted for its Gothic appearing spires at the top.
3) Penobscot Building - 565 feet
The Penobscot Building is located at 645 Griswold Street and is the 3rd tallest building in Detroit. When it was completed in 1928 the 47 floor Penobscot Building was the 8th tallest building in the world and the tallest in the United States outside of New York and Chicago and remained the tallest building in Detroit until 1977 when the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center was completed.
4) Renaissance Center Towers 100 through 400 - 522 feet
The next four tallest buildings in Detroit are the Renaissance Towers 100, 200, 300 and 400 each of which is 522 feet in height and 38 floors high. The Renaissance Towers surround the Detroitt Marriott in the Renaissance Center which was built and is owned by General Motors and is the headquarters of the auto giant. General Motors built the Renaissance Center form 1973-1977. After two smaller towers were added in 1981 the Renaissance Center totaled 5.5 million square feet which makes it the 6th largest building in the United States.
8) Guardian Building - 495 feet
The guardian Building is located at 500 Griswold Street and at 495 feet in height is the 8th tallest building in Detroit. Built from 1928-1929 the 40 floor Guardian Building has a unique Art Deco style and is owned today by Wayne County, Michigan and houses the county's offices. They do not build skyscrapers like the Guardian Building anymore.
9) Book Tower - 475 feet
The Book Tower is located at 1265 Washington Boulevard and is the last building in Detroit that is at least 475 feet in height. The Book Tower was built from 1916 to 1926 and stands today as a testament to Detroit's hard times as the owners of the building went bankrupt and the building sits unoccupied. Plans are in the works to possibly give the building a green renovation along with four smaller building in the city. The Book Tower would make a great hotel.
For more see Tallest Hotels in the United States