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Book Tower

1265 Washington Blvd.

Quick Facts


  • Size: 485,000 sq. ft.
  • Usage: Event, hotel, meeting, office, residential, restaurant, retail
  • Main tenants: Roost Hotel

A block from Capitol Park, the landmark at 1265 Washington Blvd. comprises two connected structures: the 38-story Book Tower and the 13-story Book Building. Both were designed by architect Louis Kamper and constructed from 1916 to 1926 for the Book brothers, a trio of real-estate investors. The pair of properties share the styles of Italian Renaissance and Academic Classicism – the skyscraper with a copper roof atop Corinthian columns, the highrise with a cornice supported by caryatids. The last of many occupants over time, Bookie’s Tavern left in 2009. The location was purchased by Bedrock in 2015 and is being renovated by architecture firm ODA into the Book Tower apartments, offices, retail space, a rooftop bar, a skylit ballroom, a domed atrium, a fitness center and a hotel.

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