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Book Tower restoration: Take a video tour of the progress

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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.

Book Tower

1260 W. Washington Blvd., Detroit, Michigan 48226