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Buhl Building

535 Griswold

Quick Facts

  • Size: 400,000 sq. ft.
  • Usage: Office, restaurant, retail
  • Main tenants: BOMA Metro Detroit, Buhl Bar, Detroit Change Initiative, Milk & Froth, Minds Matter Detroit, UPS Store

A Financial District landmark, the Buhl Building was the first skyscraper designed by architect Wirt Rowland of architecture firm Smith, Hinchman & Grylls. Built for the Buhl Land Co. in 1925, the 27-story, neo-Gothic structure features Romanesque details by sculptor Corrado Parducci. Though the first four floors’ footprint is rectangular, the above floors form a cross to provide additional windows. The private Savoyard Club occupied the top story from 1928 to 1994, and afterward the space’s classy atmosphere was recreated through the street-level Buhl Bar. Bedrock purchased the prominent property in 2017, making restorations and updates throughout.

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