Fyfe Building

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Fyfe Building
Fyfe Building Detroit.jpg
General information
Architectural styleGothic Revival
Location10 West Adams Street
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates42°20′14″N 83°03′05″W / 42.33709°N 83.0513°W / 42.33709; -83.0513Coordinates: 42°20′14″N 83°03′05″W / 42.33709°N 83.0513°W / 42.33709; -83.0513
Construction started1916
Roof177 ft (54 m)
Technical details
Floor count14
Design and construction
ArchitectSmith, Hinchman & Grylls

The Fyfe Building is located at 10 West Adams Street, at the corner of Adams Street and Woodward Avenue in Downtown Detroit, Michigan. It faces onto Central United Methodist Church, and Grand Circus Park.


Fyfe Building, c. 1920

The high-rise building was constructed between 1916 and 1919, and is one of Detroit's oldest; it was designed by Smith, Hinchman & Grylls in the Gothic Revival architectural style.[1][2] It stands at 14 floors, and has 65 residential units.

The building was named after Richard H. Fyfe, a Detroit merchant who made his fortune in the shoe trade. For many years it had a Fyfe shoe store at the retail street level and offices in the upper stories; at the time of its opening, the shoe store was the largest in the country.[2] The building is now mainly used as a residential building, but has some retail and a bar[3] at street level.

The building was nearly demolished in the mid-1990s to make way for parking for Comerica Park.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Hill, Eric J.; John Gallagher (2002). AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3120-3. P. 64.
  2. ^ a b Sharoff, Robert (2005). American City: Detroit Architecture, 1845-2005. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3270-6. P. 31.
  3. ^ "Just in time for Opening Day, Hard Luck Lounge Downtown opens in former Proof space". ModelDMedia. 2010-04-06. Retrieved 2013-12-27.

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