Saturday, February 14, 2009

Favorite Buildings - Book Tower



Book Tower

For the next building we go to the depressed city of Detroit.  Because of Detroit being down on its luck for so many years, it has some of the greatest examples of early 20th century architecture in North America.  The Book Tower was built in 1926 and was an addition to the Book Building built in 1916.
The buildings last tenants moved out on January 5th of this year and so it has been shuttered.  The company that owned it was unable to pay the back utility bills and that is why it is now abandoned.  
This building was the inspiration of how I was taking the Dominion Building.  This is why I did the  patina on the roof,  the detail between the windows comes from this and whole color scheme was to be modeled after this building, but some of you talked me out of it and now that is why the Dominion looks the way she does now.  I still want to use this color pallet on another structure, but hey, I maybe dumb enough to try to build this building in the future. 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

This would be an amazing building to see in an N scale layout. I couldn't imagine the work to do it. As it is now I'm getting a little burnt out from modeling and I have so so so many more to do.

I'm personally a huge fan of the Chrysler Building in New York. One of my all time favorite buildings ever.

cheers and keep up the good work!

Bob

Christopher Brimley said...

Bob,
I know exactly how feel, but I am just burnt out on the Dominion. I will post more on that tonight.