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One Detroit Center
Comerica Tower
General information
Location 500 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
 United States
Status Complete
Constructed 1991-1993
Use office
Antenna or spire 619.0 ft (188.7 m)
Roof 606.5 ft (184.9 m)
Top floor 578.1 ft (176.2 m)
Technical details
Floor count 43 (+2 underground)
Floor area 1,674,708 sq ft (155,585.5 m2)
Elevators 22
Companies involved
Architect(s) Philip Johnson
John Burgee

One Detroit Center, also known as Comerica Tower at Detroit Center after its tenant, is a skyscraper located downtown in the city's financial district (500 Woodward Ave. Detroit, Michigan 48226). Rising 619 feet (189 m), the 43-story tower is the tallest office building in Michigan, and the second tallest overall in the state behind the central hotel tower of the Renaissance Center, located a few blocks away. Although the Penobscot Building has more floors (45 above-ground floors compared to 43), One Detroit Center's floors are taller, with its roof sitting roughly 60 feet (18 m) taller than Penobscot's. Its floor area is 1,674,708 square feet (155,585 m2).[1]

The building is occupied by tenant Comerica Bank which, in an effort to further expand, announced it would move its corporate headquarters to Dallas, Texas in 2007, but maintain its major operations in Michigan. The bank has engaged in a succession of takeovers in other states including Texas, Florida, and California. The bank's lease on Comerica Tower at Detroit Center runs through 2012.[2]



Comerica Tower from Fort St.

The building was designed by noted architects John Burgee & Philip Johnson, partners influential in postmodern architecture.[3] One Detroit Center was constructed from 1991 to 1993. It houses numerous other tenants, including many prominent Detroit law firms, and other banks. Some, however, have expressed concern over the building's lack of exterior lighting at night, in contrast to the easily identifiable orb of the nearby Penobscot Building. In addition to retail, the building also contains a restaurant.

The building is famous for its postmodern architectural design topped with Flemish inspired neo-gothic spires which blend architecturally with the city's historic skyline.[3] It is constructed mainly of granite. Sometimes called a "twin gothic structure", for its pairs of spires, it is oriented North-South and East-West (as named on a plaque along the Windsor waterfront park). One Detroit Center won the Award of Excellence for its design in 1996. One Detroit Center won the Award of Excellence for its design in 1996. One Detroit Center replicas have become a souvenir item along with other Detroit skyscrapers.[4]

Plans for a twin tower dubbed Two Detroit Center proposed directly east of the tower were placed on indefinetly on hold.

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  1. ^ "One Detroit Center". Retrieved 2007-11-04.  
  2. ^ Alejandro Bodipo-Memba, (2007-03-06).Comerica moving HQ to Dallas.Detroit Free Press.
  3. ^ a b Sharoff, Robert (2005). American City: Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3270-6.  
  4. ^ InFocusTech skyscrapers. Retrieved on July 16, 2009.


  • 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′48″N 83°2′42″W / 42.33°N 83.045°W / 42.33; -83.045



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