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Book Tower and Building - Photos

The Book Tower Rotunda and Lobby area in May 2023

Book Building main entrance on Washington Blvd.

The Book Tower as seen from Griswold & Grand River Ave. in March 2023

The Book Tower in Honolulu Blue during the NFL playoff season on January 11, 2024.

The Rotunda as seen from the main entrance on Washington Blvd.

The Book Tower partially lit up on an early morning. Portions of the Rosa Parks Transit Center's Custom skyshade can be seen in the foreground. The architect had neglected to build a fire evacuation route and had to add the outside one, which may well be the longest outdoor fire escape in the world.

Looking up the Rotunda from the first floor

A view at the Book Tower study

The Book Tower Lobby Bar not quite finished on May 10, 2023

Stairway from first to second floor

A slightly different angle at the Rotunda

The residences at Book Tower

Looking up at the breathtaking skylight.

Beautifully restored corridors on the 4th floor

Grand view of the Tower

The Book Building's main entrance in Mar 2023

Some more Rotunda detail

50,000 square feet of marble were re-installed during the renovation.

Holding up the building’s cornice are twelve nude women or “caryatids,” the name for a sculpted female figure that serves as an architectural support.

Another look at the intricate, over-the-top details on the crown of the Book Tower.

The Book tower north facade during a beautiful sunrise in Apr 2023

A look at the entertaining suite

The Book Tower during sunset in August 2020. Image taken from a distant vantage point

Before/After prints will be on display for a while

Another view at the Study: a 3,000 square feet co-working space for residents and hotel guests, with views of Washington Boulevard and The Rotunda.

More than 7,000 square feet of ornate ceiling tiles were recreated and hand painted to match the original designs and color of the structure.

Side entrance on Grand River Ave. After sitting vacant for more than a decade, the architecturally renowned Book Tower is making a comeback in Spring 2023 thanks to a $300M renovation.

The Book Tower as seen in early May 2023

The Rotunda: a marble arched atrium that greets guests with seating beneath the breathtaking skylight.

A look inside the "Residents Lobby"

First floor main elevator area

View toward the Rotunda from Grand River Ave. entrance

The Farwell building and the Book Tower - two historic Detroit restorations in the early 2020s.

Book Tower reflections on Aug 19, 2023

The Book Tower in Sep. 2023

The Book Tower in November 2023

The Book Tower and Building during its first Holiday season after restoration in Dec. 2023

The Book Tower and Building during its first Holiday season after restoration in Dec. 2023

The Book Tower and Building during its first Holiday season after restoration in Dec. 2023

The Book Tower and Building during its first Holiday season after restoration in Dec. 2023

Book Tower on NYE 2023

View at the skyline from Book Tower on NYE 2023