6 Book Tower Detroit, Michigan
In 1916, a 13-story office building called The Book Building opened in Detroit, Michigan. Ten years later, a 38-story skyscraper was connected to the building and it became known as the Book Tower.
Named after the locally known Book brothers, it was the tallest building in the city for two years before being overtaken by the Penobscot Building in 1928. The building survived the Depression, still in use, and was a relevant part of the city for decades.
But Detroit started hitting hard times in the 1970s, and many offices and businesses left town. As a result, many buildings closed down. Although Book Tower was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, the building was not immune to the city’s decline.
Financial troubles plagued Book Tower. Lawsuits and failed mortgages caused ownership of the building to change hands multiple times, and the number of tenants dwindled. In 2009, its last tenant moved out and it has been closed since. Soon after it closed, Detroit announced plans to convert the building into a residential complex, but action has yet to be taken.