Detroit’s Book Tower reopens with upscale apartments, hotel rooms

An architectural jewel in the downtown Detroit skyline has been cleaned, rehabbed and restored to grandeur after years of abandonment and is now officially reopened as upscale apartments, hotel rooms and soon-to-come restaurants.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined Thursday with Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert and a jubilant crowd to celebrate the completion, by Gilbert’s real estate firm Bedrock, of the $317 million redevelopment of the 38-story Book Tower (built in 1926) and attached 13-story Book Building (built in 1917).

Councilmember Coleman A. Young II, left, Mayor Mike Duggan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Randall Book, and Kofi Bonner, CEO of Bedrock LLC, cut the ribbon during downtown Detroit's Book Tower ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 8, 2023.

The Italian Renaissance-style buildings, 1265 Washington Blvd., had been vacant since 2009 and slowly deteriorating, until Bedrock purchased them in 2015 and commenced a full rehab and conversion from mostly office space to housing and hospitality.

The Book property is now 229 high-end apartments and a 117-unit ROOST Apartment Hotel. As many as three restaurants could open in the future, including a planned French restaurant and a Japanese restaurant and sake pub. There is also a lobby cocktail bar and a rooftop bar.


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