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Bennett Building

45 W Grand River Ave.

Quick Facts

  • Size: 12,000 sq. ft.
  • Usage: Office, restaurant, retail
  • Main tenants: Cannelle, Limbach

The Bennett Building – across from Capitol Park ­– was designed by architecture firm Bonnah & Chaffee and constructed in 1895 for Edgar Bennett to host meetings of a Detroit businessmen’s social organization, the Supreme Division of the Loyal Guard. In 1910, the five-story structure with a red-brick facade and beige-limestone accents was purchased by Kern’s department store and subsequently leased to Mabley & Co., Baker and Fintex clothing retailers. In the 1950s, the property changed hands to the First Church of Christ and was converted into a Christian Science reading room. It was bought by Bedrock in 2014, then renovated into offices and street-level restaurant and retail space by architecture firm Kraemer Design Group in 2017.

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