Shorpy Saturday – Cadillac Square Building: 1918

By Jeffrey Buck

In 1918 shopping was abundant downtown and surface parking lots hardly existed in the core of the city. Fast forward to 2012 and the roles have reversed. The Cadillac Square Building, shadow to the much larger Cadillac Tower, joined the ranks of parking in 1976 when it was demolished for non other than a failed shopping mall. Detroit has a wealth of beautiful and one of a kind architecture that continues to be preserved and documented through the efforts of several groups including Preservation Detroit (Previously Preservation Wayne), Historic Detroit and Cityscape Detroit, just to name a few.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “The Cadillac Square Building: 1918“:


“Real Estate Exchange, Detroit.” Shown around the time of its completion in 1918, this Gothic wedding cake of an office tower was known for most of its 58 years as the Cadillac Square Building. Detroit Publishing glass negative.

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About Jeffrey S. Buck

I'm currently a Project Manager at Cypress Partners, LLC in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. I graduated from Wayne State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism. Looking to broaden my view of the world, I spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Salford, a Greater Manchester University in England. I enjoy doing an array of activities, including following Detroit sports teams, SCUBA diving, traveling, reading, playing tennis, hand-written letters and going to the movies. I am the co-founder of the Woodward Spine, a blog about Detroit and its surrounding communities. The Woodward Spine aims to inform its readers about relevant news and events through creative and informative posts in these core areas: news, opinion, entertainment, history, sports and development. The Woodward Spine serves the tri-county metro Detroit area, concentrating mainly on the communities that lie along the Woodward corridor.
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