“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Detroit in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Ford Building

Ford Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, November 11, 2015
1. Ford Building Marker
Inscription. Among Detroitís first skyscrapers, the nineteen-story Ford Building was built between 1907 and 1909. The Chicago architectural firm Daniel H. Burnham and Company designed it and two other Detroit buildings, the Majestic and the Dime. One of the first buildings in Detroit to utilize a steel frame, the edifice is sheathed in terra cotta and accented with Italian marble. The 250-foot-tall structure was the tallest building in Detroit for several years. Named after Toledo based glass manufacturer Edward Ford (1843-1920), it served Detroitís Financial District and housed several of the cityís leading legal firms. During the 1926 Ossian Sweet trials, Clarence Darrow led the defense from offices on the seventeenth floor.
Erected 2012 by Michigan Historical Commission – Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number 727.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 42° 19.799′ N, 83° 2.819′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of Griswold Street and W. Congress St., on the right when traveling south on Griswold Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 615 Griswold St., Detroit MI 48226, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. State Savings Bank (about 400 feet
Ford Building image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, November 11, 2015
2. Ford Building
Marker is located under the marquee awning, blocked by the truck in this view.
away, measured in a direct line); Stearns Telephone (about 400 feet away); Fort Lernoult (about 500 feet away); Soldiers and Sailors Memorial (about 500 feet away); Comerica Incorporated (about 600 feet away); The Iron Brigade / The Twenty-Fourth Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment (about 600 feet away); Spirit of Detroit (about 700 feet away); University of Michigania (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
Categories. Notable Buildings
<i>Ford Building, Detroit, Mich.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1915
3. Ford Building, Detroit, Mich.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 20, 2015, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 20, 2015, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on November 22, 2015. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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