Detroit's historic Whitney Building to be renovated for hotel, apartments

Iconic 1915 structure, empty since 2000, will get new life as Aloft hotel plus urban apartment rentals.

March 29, 2013 |
Whitney Building, early 1900s, courtesy Historic

Detroit's David Whitney Building, a 19-story landmark erected in 1915, will be renovated for an Aloft hotel and apartments. The $82 million project involves Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, developer Roxbury Group and hotel management company Trans Inns Management. Financial partipants include the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., Michigan Economic Development Corp., and Invest Detroit.

The building will have about 140 rooms on the third to ninth floors, plus a second-floor banquet and meeting space. Starting at the 10th floor, the building will be renovated as one- and two-bedroom residential apartments. The ground floor will contain bar, restaurant, and lounge space.

Original elements, including the famous atrium lobby, will be preserved, and some exterior features created by the original firm, Daniel H. Burnham & Co., that were removed in a 1959 renovation will be restored. The Building Team includes architect Kraemer Design Group and contractor Walbridge. 


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