David Stott Building

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David Stott Building
General information
Architectural styleArt Deco
Location1150 Griswold Street
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates42°19′55″N 83°02′55″W / 42.3320°N 83.0486°W / 42.3320; -83.0486Coordinates: 42°19′55″N 83°02′55″W / 42.3320°N 83.0486°W / 42.3320; -83.0486
Roof133.1 m (437 ft)
Technical details
Floor count38 stories
Floor area13,378 m2 (144,000 sq ft)[1]
Design and construction
ArchitectJohn M. Donaldson of Donaldson and Meier
Main contractorMartin & Krausmann Co.
David Stott Building
Part ofCapitol Park Historic District (#99000338)
Designated CPMarch 18, 1999

The David Stott Building is a 38 story high-rise apartment building with office space on floors 2-6 and retail space on the first floor. The "Stott" was originally built as a class-A office building located at 1150 Griswold Street (corner of Griswold and State Streets) in Downtown Detroit, Michigan, within the Capitol Park Historic District. It was designed in the Art Deco style by the architectural firm of Donaldson and Meier and completed in 1929. Bedrock Detroit owns and manages the building which began leasing in late 2018 and includes 107 apartment homes and 5 floors of commercial office space. [3]


The skyscraper is named after David E. Stott (1853–1916), an English-born businessman who owned a mill company, the David Stott Flour Mills, and was on the boards of multiple other companies, including the Stott Realty Company.[4][5][6] First conceived in 1921, the tower was built by the Stott Realty Company in honor of its founder twelve years after his death.[5] Construction began on June 1, 1928, and the tower opened on June 17, 1929; it cost $3.5 million to build.[7] The advent of the Great Depression brought a halt to all major construction in Detroit: as a result, the David Stott Building was the last skyscraper built in the city until the mid-1950s.[8]


The tower stands 38 stories tall, with three additional floors below street level; when it opened, it was the fourth tallest building in downtown Detroit.[7] It was designed by architect John M. Donaldson of Donaldson and Meier in the Art Deco style.[7] The building's design, characterized by a strong sense of verticality, was profoundly influenced by Eliel Saarinen's 1922 Chicago Tribune Tower design.[9][3] Verticality is emphasized by the near absence of ornamentation, and by a relatively small footprint which yields a slender profile.

The building rises from a reddish granite base and incorporates buff-colored brick, marble (on the first three floors from the street), and limestone as its surface materials.[7] As with many of the other Detroit buildings of the era, it boasts architectural sculpture by Corrado Parducci.[7] The building features a series of setbacks from the 23rd floor upward.[10] The tower's tiered summit is brightly lighted with uplights on each facade and complements the similarly lighted Westin Book Cadillac Hotel downtown. The David Stott Building neighbors 1001 Woodward to the southeast. SkyBar Detroit opened in 2011 on the 33rd floor of the David Stott Tower but closed in 2015 after the building was purchased by Dan Gilbert's Bedrock Management Services.


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  1. ^ "David Stott Building". Skyscraper Center. CTBUH. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  2. ^ "David Stott Building". SkyscraperPage.
  3. ^ a b Hill, Eric J.; John Gallagher (2002). AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3120-3. p. 78.
  4. ^ Burton, Clarence M.; Stocking, William; Miller, Gordon K., eds. (1922). The City of Detroit, Michigan, 1701–1922. 5. Detroit–Chicago: The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company. p. 771.
  5. ^ a b Korom, Joseph J. (2008). The American Skyscraper, 1850-1940: A Celebration of Height. Boston: Branden Books. ISBN 0828321884. pp. 374–375.
  6. ^ "David Stott Building: A LEGO creation by Jim Garrett : MOCpages.com". Retrieved July 17, 2009.
  7. ^ a b c d e David Stott Building. Historic Detroit. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  8. ^ Tottis, James W. (2008). The Guardian Building: Cathedral of Finance. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0814333850. p. 41.
  9. ^ Dempsey, Jack (2014). Capitol Park: Historic Heart of Detroit. Charleston, S.C.: The History Press. ISBN 1625848676. p. 63.
  10. ^ "David Stott Building, Donaldson & Meier, 1929". Preservation: Detroit Art Deco Highlights. Detroit Area Art Deco Society. Retrieved August 6, 2016.

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