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Lansing in Ingham County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Capital Bank Tower

 
 
Capital Bank Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Rieske, May 26, 2017
1. Capital Bank Tower Marker
Inscription. Upon its completion in 1931, the Capital Bank Tower was hailed by newspapers as the tallest building in the state beyond Detroit. Industrialist and Capital Bank president Ranson E. Olds commissioned the three hundred-foot skyscraper, which housed the bank in the four lower floors and office space in the upper stories. To accommodate the building, the city council amended an ordinance that limited buildings to 150 feet. Hopkins and Dentz of New York designed the building. It was a major investment in Lansing by Olds, despite the Great Depression. The May 30, 1931, Lansing Capital News headlined: "New Bank Tower Pledge of Faith: 22-Story Structure Monument of Builder's Belief in Lansing." The original brass elevator doors depict scenes for the life of Ransom Olds.
 
Erected 2009. (Marker Number L2215.)
 
Location. 42° 43.961′ N, 84° 33.224′ W. Marker is in Lansing, Michigan, in Ingham County. Marker is at the intersection of S. Capitol Avenue and S. Capitol Avenue, on the left when traveling south on S. Capitol Avenue. Touch for map. Lansing's tallest building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 124 W. Allegan St., Lansing MI 48933, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
Capital Bank Tower Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Bill Rieske, May 26, 2017
2. Capital Bank Tower Entrance
. Freedom Patriotism Humanity (within shouting distance of this marker); Town of Michigan /Lansing (within shouting distance of this marker); Grand Army of the Republic (within shouting distance of this marker); Michigan State Capitol / Michigan's Three Capitols (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Michigan State Capitol (about 400 feet away); Austin Blair (about 400 feet away); Helen Thomas B. 1920 (about 400 feet away); Lansing Labor Holiday (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lansing.
 
More about this marker. Address is W. Allegan, but marker faces S. Capitol.
 
Additional keywords. R.E. Olds, Hopkins and Dentz
 
Categories. ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceNotable BuildingsNotable Persons
 
Capital Bank Tower and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Rieske
3. Capital Bank Tower and Marker
Capital Bank Tower Elevator Door image. Click for full size.
By Bill Rieske, May 26, 2017
4. Capital Bank Tower Elevator Door
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 23, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 26, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan.   3. submitted on May 23, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan.   4. submitted on May 26, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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