Dime Building

Dime Building
Dime Building
General information
Type Commercial offices
Location 719 Griswold Street
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°19′52″N 83°02′54″W / 42.331063°N 83.04832°W / 42.331063; -83.04832Coordinates: 42°19′52″N 83°02′54″W / 42.331063°N 83.04832°W / 42.331063; -83.04832
Completed 1912
Renovated 2002
Roof 99 m (325 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 23
Design and construction
Architect Daniel Burnham
Renovating team
Architect Barton Malow
Dime Building
Architectural style: Neo-Classical
Governing body: Private
Part of: Detroit Financial District (#09001067)
Designated CP: December 14, 2009

The Dime Building is a skyscraper class-A office building located in downtown Detroit, Michigan. It is adjacent to the Penobscot Building in the heart of the Detroit Financial District. The building stands 23 stories tall, with eight elevators, and was constructed between 1910 and 1912. It is used as an office building with retail space on the street level. The tower was designed in the Neo-Classical style by Daniel Burnham.[4] The steel-framed structure is faced with white glazed brick and terra cotta trim. The most distinctive feature is the central light court which begins on the third floor and creates a U-shaped floor plan on the upper office floors.[5] The main banking hall occupied the space below the light court and featured a large skylight.

In a subsequent renovation, the lower two floors were refaced with gray granite and a pediment above the central entrance and cornice were removed. For several years through 1983, the building housed the headquarters of Bank of the Commonwealth until the bank merged with Comerica. In 2002, a $40-million renovation was completed. When completed in 1912, the tower was named the Dime Savings Bank Building for its primary tenant. It was later renamed the Commonwealth Building, briefly known as Griswold Place and became the Dime Building in 2002.

On June 21, 2011, Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert announced he reached an agreement to purchase the building.[6]




  1. ^ Dime Building at Emporis
  2. ^ Dime Building at SkyscraperPage
  3. ^ Dime Building at Structurae
  4. ^ Rebecca Mazzei (30 November 2005). "Still Standing". Metro Times. http://www.metrotimes.com/editorial/story.asp?id=8550. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  5. ^ 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. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1651-4. 
  6. ^ John Gallagher (21 June 2011). "Quicken Loans' Dan Gilbert adds Dime Building to downtown Detroit holdings". Detroit Free Press (www.freep.com). http://www.freep.com/article/20110621/BUSINESS06/110621016/Quicken-Loans-Dan-Gilbert-adds-Dime-Building-downtown-Detroit-holdings?odyssey=tab. Retrieved 2011-06-21. 

Further reading

  • Hill, Eric J. and John Gallagher (2000). AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1651-4. 
  • Moore, Charles (1921). Daniel H. Burnham, Architect, Planner of Cities, Volume 2. Houghton Mifflin. 
  • Sharoff, Robert (2005). American City: Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3270-6. 

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