Detroit; Downtown; From Dime Bank Building

1928-01-25

View of buildings in Detroit, Michigan including the old City Hall (decorated with patriotic bunting) and the Penobscot Building (designed by architect, Wirt Rowland). "In conceiving the design of the Penobscot Building, Rowland was searching for a new idiom for the skyscraper, its simple limestone mass, H-shaped in plan, rises unbroken to the thirtieth floor, here a series of setbacks ascend in a masterly cubistic composition to the apex, which is terminated by a slender steel aircraft beacon ... emancipated from the shackles of historical style, it was a bold statement in the language of its day," from "The Buildings of Detroit, a History" by W. Hawkins Ferry.


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