When the 38-story Book Tower opened in 1926, it was the tallest building in Detroit and a testament to the city’s rapid economic growth.
But after decades of decline, the copper-crowned, ornamental skyscraper became vacant in 2009 and was on the city’s dangerous buildings list.
Then billionaire Dan Gilbert announced this summer that he bought the Louis Kamper-designed building and plans to restore it.
Here’s a view of the city from atop the Book Tower. All photos are by Steve Neavling.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.