Daniel Burnham – The Ford Building

The Ford Building is located in downtown Detroit, Michigan and was constructed from 1907 to 1909 by the architect, Daniel Burnham. It was constructed from steel support and was one of the first to be made of steel at this time. It was one of the first skyscrapers to appear in Detroit, too. The name of this building is not to be mistaken for something of Henry Ford’s because it doesn’t have anything to do with him or The Ford Motor Company.

The Ford Building has neo-classical detail in handcrafted terra cotta and white Italian marble. The Neo-Classical style was also combined with the Neo-Rennaisaince style. It was the tallest building at the time it was built, but that only lasted for four years. The space inside is mainly used for offices and retail. Currently, this building has many amenities that serve the people who work in it. Today it has plenty of restaurants, snack shops, and barber shops throughout the 23 stories (19 above ground and 2 below). I think that the style of this building is classic and will never go out of date. I like how the top and the bottom of the building are different from the middle. It makes the building look taller and more elegant.

 

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