Posted by: Kath Usitalo | May 4, 2011

Noteworthy In Detroit

In keeping with the National Postcard Week theme of the last couple of days, check out these vintage linen card images of downtown Detroit featuring a building that’s giving city boosters something to write home about.

On Woodward Avenue the Broderick Tower, originally the Eaton Tower, is left; the Whitney Building is at right

The skyscraper on Grand Circus Park (above) opened its doors in 1928, closed them some six decades later, and last month had Detroit Mayor Dave Bing wielding a giant pair of scissors at a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the official launch of the $53 million transformation of the landmark office building into luxury apartments.

The 34-story Eaton Tower was designed by Detroit architect Louis Kamper for businessman Theodore Eaton; in 1945 it was renamed after its new owner, David Broderick. Offices, a restaurant, retail shops and a radio station occupied the landmark building, which features a beautiful interior atrium courtyard.

When the Broderick Tower reopens in late 2012 it will be “Michigan’s Tallest Historic Residential Building.”

A restaurant/bar and commercial space will fill the first 4 levels, with luxury apartments on floors 5 – 24 and Sky Top Penthouses occupying floors 25 – 34.

Comerica Park, Ford Field, Fox Theatre, Detroit Opera House, restaurants and bars—not to mention a handy People Mover stop—are outside the door. Views from the upper floors reach to the Detroit Riverfront and overlook the home of the Detroit Tigers. Rent might be pricey, but think of the money you’d save on baseball tickets. Enough to send a postcard to someone, anyway.

Note: You can follow the project’s progress on the new Facebook page and study the floor plans and see photos at the Broderick Tower website.

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