Curbed tipsters told us something we’ve been waiting to hear for a while -- the red orb atop the Penobscot Building was seen shining again this weekend.
Triple Properties bought the Penobscot Building in 2012 and the red orb briefly radiated for a few months in the summer and fall of 2015. Triple Properties also hinted at reopening the observation deck atop the skyscraper for a while. We will cosign on that idea — it would be an attraction that downtown needs.
The Caucus Club, an iconic old school chop house, recently reopened in the Penobscot Building.
Could the red orb be a sign of more to come? Is it just shining for the QLINE? An instagram post from the Penobscot Building last year hinted at more to come this year. (Their website still doesn’t work, though). Let us know if you see it, Curbed readers and send us your pics. We’ll post more when we know more.
The new generation of Metro Detroit may not know @thepenobscot was, and still is to many, considered the king of Detroit. It was the place to be and the red orb had served as the beacon of our skyline for decades. - The orb shorted out a few years back, we know how important it is to restore it for the people. But, like lights burning out, things change, and it creates opportunity. Our city has fought through great adversity over the last 50 years. We're still disrespected and underestimated nationally. But that hasn't stopped us. And again, in the mold of Detroit's resilience, this building will return to greatness... Just wait until you Instagrammers see the visual LED & Laser lighting we have planned for next year! Thank you for you support, patience, and understanding as we make the design decisions which you'll help share with the world!
Seen this weekend:
The Penobscot ball is officially lit again and look how amazing the skyline looks... • • • • • #detroit #LIVEAGREATSTORY #asdetroitsown #heatercentral #fatalframes #urbanandstreet #illgrammers #createcommune #agameoftones #moodygrams #artofvisiuals #createexplore #reflectiongram #eclectic_shotz #theimaged #thecreatorclass #thecreativeshots #visualambassadors #way2ill #createandcapture #usaprimeshots #visiualsoflife #urbanromantix #loaded_lenses #liveofadventure #mobilemag #thevisualscollective #gramslayers #DepictTheD