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For the downtown Detroit, Michigan office tower known as "Cadillac Tower", see Cadillac Tower.
"General Motors Building" redirects here, for the office tower in New York City with that name, see General Motors Building (New York).
Cadillac Place
(General Motors Building)
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark
Main entrance.
Location: 3044 West Grand Blvd.
Detroit, Michigan
 United States
Coordinates: 42°22′7″N 83°4′32″W / 42.36861°N 83.07556°W / 42.36861; -83.07556Coordinates: 42°22′7″N 83°4′32″W / 42.36861°N 83.07556°W / 42.36861; -83.07556
Area: 1,395,000 sq ft (129,600 m2)
Built/Founded: 1919-1923
2002 renovation
Architect: Albert Kahn; Thompson-Starrett Co.
Architectural style(s): Neo-classical
Governing body: Private
Added to NRHP: June 2, 1978[1]
Designated NHL: June 2, 1978[2]
NRHP Reference#: 78001520

Cadillac Place is an ornate high-rise office building in the New Center area of Detroit, Michigan constructed of limestone, granite, and marble. Originally the General Motors Building, it had housed the company's world headquarters from 1923 until 1996. In 1996, GM moved its world headquarters to the Renaissance Center and sold the magnificent building which is leased by the State of Michigan on a long term basis. The building was renamed Cadillac Place. The building takes its present name from Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, the founder of Detroit. This National Historic Landmark is one of the nation's largest historic renovation projects.



Cadillac Place rises 15 stories with the roof height at 220 ft (67.1 m), and the top floor at 187 ft (57 m). The building has 31 elevators. Originally constructed with 1,200,000 square feet (111,000 m2), and was expanded to 1,395,000 square feet (129,600 m2). Designated a National Historic Landmark on June 2, 1978 it is an exquisite example of Neo-Classical architecture.

Designed by noted architect Albert Kahn, each of the four parallel 15-story wings connects to a central perpendicular backbone. Kahn used this design to allow sunlight and natural ventilation to reach each of the building's hundreds of individual offices. The stately structure is crowned with Corinthian colonnades. In 1923, it opened as the second largest office building in the world (behind the Equitable Building in New York City).[3]

In 2002, the building was thoroughly renovated for the State of Michigan and renamed Cadillac Place. Architect Eric J. Hill participated in the 2002 redevelopment. Cadillac Place currently houses over 2,000 state employees including the Michigan Court of Appeals for District I. The building's executive office suite serves as the Detroit office for Michigan's governor and attorney general, and several Justices of the Michigan Supreme Court have offices in the building. Cadillac Place is located directly across from the Fisher Building, another Detroit landmark, to which it is connected by an underground pedestrian tunnel; the Detroit St. Regis Hotel adjoins the Fisher Building across from Cadillac Place.

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See also


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15.  
  2. ^ "General Motors Building". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-27.  
  3. ^ Hill, Eric J. and John Gallagher (2002). AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press.  


  • Fogelman, Randall (2004). Detroit's New Center. Arcadia. ISBN 0738532711.  
  • Hill, Eric J. and John Gallagher (2002). AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3120-3.  
  • Meyer, Katherine Mattingly and Martin C.P. McElroy with Introduction by W. Hawkins Ferry, Hon A.I.A. (1980). Detroit Architecture A.I.A. Guide Revised Edition. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1651-4.  
  • Sharoff, Robert (2005). American City: Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3270-6.  

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