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National Bank of Detroit Building
U.S. Historic District Contributing Property
Location: 611 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates: 42°19′50″N 83°2′48″W / 42.33056°N 83.04667°W / 42.33056; -83.04667Coordinates: 42°19′50″N 83°2′48″W / 42.33056°N 83.04667°W / 42.33056; -83.04667
Built/Founded: 1959
Governing body: Private
Part of: Detroit Financial District (#09001067)
Designated CP: December 14, 2009
Chase Building (white low rise) from Campus Martius Park.

Chase Tower is a high-rise office building located at 611 Woodward Avenue, in downtown Detroit, Michigan. It was built in 1959 and stands at 14 floors in height. It was designed in the modern architectural style, and uses a great deal of marble to coordinate with the buildings in the nearby Civic Center. It was designed by Albert Kahn Associates.



The building is located on the block bordered by the following streets:

Across Woodward Ave. from the Guardian Building, lies Comerica Tower, and the Buhl Building lies across Griswold Street, to the west.

The building looks similar in shape and size to the 411 Building, owned by competitor Comerica.

Alternative Names

The building has gone by several names in the past, most notably:


  • The Bank One Building stands on the site of Detroit's first skyscraper, the Hammond Building.
  • The ground floor of this building is a massive 1.5-story glass sheathed, banking hall.
  • The building was officially renamed 'Chase Tower' in late April 2006 to reflect Chase Bank's buyout of Bank One.
  • In March 2007, the Sterling Group purchased the tower from JP Morgan Chase. Occupancy was approximately 50 percent at the time of sale.
  • The building has had 3 official names now, for each of the 3 successive banks that have owned it: National Bank of Detroit (NBD), succeeded by Bank One, and lastly Chase.


  • 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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Coordinates: 42°19′49″N 83°02′46″W / 42.3302°N 83.0461°W / 42.3302; -83.0461



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