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Book Tower and Book Building

1265 Washington Blvd

Quick Facts


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

The renowned 38-story Book Tower and the connected 13-story Book Building 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 structures share the styles of the Italian Renaissance and Academic Classicism – the tower with a copper roof atop Corinthian columns, the building with a cornice supported by caryatids. The last of many tenants over time left in 2009, and the property was purchased by Bedrock in 2015. Architecture firm ODA is completing the space’s redevelopment into the Roost Apartment Hotel, a rooftop bar, a skylit ballroom and a domed atrium, along with offices, residences, restaurants and retailers. The location is a block from Capitol Park.

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