Historical Elements

The neoclassical building with strong vertical piers was designed by Albert Kahn. It is believed to be the first skyscraper he designed. The 12-story building was completed in 1917. The project was financed and commissioned by the Vinton Construction Company. At the time of construction, it was one of the tallest buildings in Detroit, however that did not last long. Terra cotta is the main material with peaked parapet all along the front façade, reminiscent of classical temples. In 1983, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

BBS Work/Role

  • Replicated (225) Wood Double Hung Windows with a Quaker H503 series historic replica Single Hung, thermally broken Aluminum Window. AAMA 2604 painted finish with Cardinal 272 insulated glass.
  • BlackBerry was involved with the design of the exterior panning system and dog lug details.
  • Federal Historic Tax Credit project, requiring both local Historic District and National Park Service approval.
  • The (20) half-round Windows on the 12th floor have a unique interior millwork detail that was designed and replicated by BlackBerry.
  • The finished product is a high-end, well-functioning, historically accurate window.
  • BlackBerry worked closely with Kramer Design Group, who served as the architect for the project.

Current Use

The building’s restoration was completed exactly 100 years after the original construction. Located at the northeast corner of Woodward Avenue and E. Congress Street in the heart of downtown Detroit. The building is mixed use with the lower level offering retail space and floors 1 through 12 providing luxury apartments. This has been one of the cornerstone projects in downtown Detroit regarding the revitalization of residential living space. The building is owned and managed by Bedrock Real Estate Services, LLC.