- Chase Tower (Detroit)
Location: 611 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan Coordinates: Coordinates: Built: 1959 Governing body: Private Part of: Detroit Financial District (#09001067) Designated CP: December 14, 2009
Chase Tower is a high-rise office building located at 611 Woodward Avenue, in downtown Detroit, Michigan. It was built in 1959 and stands at 14 floors in height. It was designed in the modern architectural style, and uses a great deal of marble to coordinate with the buildings in the nearby Civic Center. It was designed by Albert Kahn Associates.
The Chase Tower stands on the site of Detroit's first skyscraper, the Hammond Building. The ground floor of this building is a massive 1.5-story glass sheathed, banking hall. The building was officially renamed 'Chase Tower' in late April 2006 to reflect Chase Bank's buyout of Bank One. In March 2007, the Sterling Group purchased the tower from JP Morgan Chase. Occupancy was approximately 50 percent at the time of sale. The building has had 3 official names now, for each of the 3 successive banks that have owned it: National Bank of Detroit (NBD), succeeded by Bank One, and lastly Chase. The building has gone by several names in the past, most notably: Bank One Center, National Bank of Detroit Building, and Bank One Building.
The building is located on the block bordered by Woodward Avenue to the east, with the First National Building across the street. West Fort Street borders the building on the north, with Cadillac Square and 1001 Woodward across the street. Griswold Street borders the building to the west, with the Penobscot Block and Dime Building across the street. West Congress Street borders the building to the south, with the Guardian Building across the street. Across Woodward Ave. from the Guardian Building, lies Comerica Tower, and the Buhl Building lies across Griswold Street, to the west. The building looks similar in shape and size to the 411 Building, owned by competitor Comerica.
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- Google Maps location of the Chase Tower
- Chase Tower details at Emporis.com
- SkyscraperPage.com's Profile on the Chase Tower
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