Explore 360-degree views of Detroit from the top of the historic Book Cadillac as Home SEEN host Cassie Kunze takes you inside the penthouse!
By Amy Gill
Photography by Brett Mountain
Sponsored by DOBI
Do you wonder what it’s like to live at the top of Detroit? This month, Home SEEN host Cassie Kunze and DOBI agents Tammy Jonna and John Lionas check out the renovated penthouse in one of the city’s most treasured buildings — the Book Cadillac. This luxurious, art deco, three-floor masterpiece is the epitome of upscale downtown living.
Real estate developers and brothers J.Burgess, Frank and Herbert Book purchased the Cadillac Hotel at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Michigan Avenue in 1918. According to the Detroit Historical Society, they “believed a fine hotel would make Washington Boulevard ‘the Fifth Avenue of the Midwest.’ ” The luxury hotel was designed by architect Louis Kamper in the Neo-Renaissance style. When completed in December 1924, it was the tallest hotel in the world, featuring 33 stories and 1,136 rooms.
The hotel changed hands several times after the Great Depression, until it fell into disrepair and sat empty for more than 20 years. In 2006, the Cleveland-based Ferchill Group spearheaded a $200 million renovation to restore the building to its original glory. It was meticulously restored as a Westin hotel in 2008, and it now serves as a hotel with condominiums on the top eight floors.
Sitting atop the 29th floor, the penthouse has 360-degree views of the city and the building’s famous copper-covered roof elements. Working with local firms, the Integrity Building Group and R.L. Concetti Design, the homeowner transformed what was once the boiler room for the hotel into a three-level, 5,100-square-foot penthouse.
Renovated in the art deco style popularized in the ’20s, the home stays true to the building’s rich history. You’ll see clean lines, geometric shapes, luxurious materials like marble and velvet, and metallic finishes throughout the home.
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