- Maccabees Building
building_name = Maccabees Building
built = 1927
location = 5057
Woodward Avenue. Detroit, Michigan
roof = 60.0 m
antenna_spire = 142.0 m
floor_count = 15
floor_area = 27220 m²
architect = Albert Kahn
Infobox_nrhp | name =Maccabees Building
lat_degrees = 42
lat_minutes = 21
lat_seconds = 28
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 83
long_minutes = 3
long_seconds = 56
long_direction = W
locmapin = Michigan
architect= Albert Kahn
July 07, 1983
governing_body = Local
refnum=83003436cite web|url=http://www.nr.nps.gov/|title=National Register Information System|date=2008-04-15|work=National Register of Historic Places|publisher=National Park Service]
The Maccabees Building is a historic building located in Midtown Detroit, at 5057
The 14 floor central section is rectangular and stands at convert|197|ft|m|0 in height. Attached to each corner of the building is a 10 story tower, giving the overall building the shape of an "H".
high-rise truss towerwas constructed in the neo-gothic architectural style, using a great deal of limestone, much like the Detroit Masonic Temple.
The central section is topped by a radio broadcast tower. This was originally the broadcast tower for WXYZ radio (both WXYZ-AM and WXYZ-FM (now
WRIF), and television, until the station moved to new facilities in 1959. Some sources put the height from the base to tip of antenna at convert|450|ft|m|0.
Construction on the building began in 1926, and was finished in 1927. The building was originally constructed for the fraternal organization
Knights of the Maccabeeswhich later established the Royal Maccabees Insurancecompany.
Surplus space in the building was leased to other businesses, including retail business on the ground floor and office space in the upper floors. One noteworthy tenant was Detroit's radio and television station WXYZ. The station had its studios, offices and broadcast facilities in the Maccabees Building from 1930 until 1959. From 1959 until 2001, the studios, transmitter, and tower were used by WDET FM.
Lone Ranger" radio show debuted and was broadcast from this building in 1933. It later went on to become a popular T.V. show and had movie spin-offs. During the 1950s, Soupy Salesperformed in the lower level studio.
In 1960, the Maccabees relocated their headquarters to a new building in Southfield, Michigan - a suburb of detroit. In 1986, they built new convert|251000|sqft|m2|-2|sing=on office building, once again in Southfield. These newer buildings are also sometimes referred to as the "Maccabees Building"
In 1960, after the Maccabees organization vacated the building, the
Detroit Public School Systempurchased the building and used it as its headquarters.
The Maccabees Building was added to the
National Register of Historic Placesin 1983.
In 2002, the Maccabees Building was bought by
Wayne State Universityto serve as an office building. The building now houses offices for Wayne State Universityin Midtown Detroit. The building has a number of uses, including offices, communication, retail, and even has universityrooms for Wayne State University.
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