We’ve seen the exterior of the Book Tower transform this summer. The 1926 building hadn’t been power washed in decades, and the Louis Kamper-designed building looks so much better. The Curbed video team recently stopped by the Book Tower to get a closer view of the restoration of the building and its ornamentation.
Bedrock acquired the 38-story Book Tower and the 13-story Book Building in 2015. Work has been underway to restore and renovate the building into a combination retail, office, residential, and possibly hotel. To get a sense of the scope of the restoration, over 2,000 windows are being replaced throughout.
The video also shows close-ups of the caryatids, which many have been restored. It also shows much of the higher-level ornamentation that’s being cleaned up as we speak. We also get a peek at the expansive views from the top. Can you imagine having access to it in the coming years?
The restoration is expected to be completed in 2019.