First National Building

The First National Building is a skyscraper and class-A office center in Downtown Detroit, Michigan, within the Detroit Financial District. The building is located across the streets from Cadillac Tower and One Detroit Center, and stands next to the Vinton Building.

First National Building
General information
Antenna spire357 ft (109 m)
Roof341 ft (104 m)
Top floor336 ft (102 m)
Technical details
Floor count26
Floor area843,051 sq ft (78,322.0 m2)
Design and construction
ArchitectAlbert Kahn
First National Building
Location660 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates42°19′51.7″N 83°2′45.2″W / 42.331028°N 83.045889°W / 42.331028; -83.045889Coordinates: 42°19′51.7″N 83°2′45.2″W / 42.331028°N 83.045889°W / 42.331028; -83.045889
Part ofDetroit Financial District (ID09001067)
Designated CPDecember 14, 2009


Built between 1921 and 1930,[2] the building rises 26 stories and includes two basement levels, occupying an entire block along Cadillac Square (adjacent to Campus Martius Park). It is 341 feet (104 m) tall. The structure has an unusual "Z" shape, designed so that most offices would have natural light and ventilation.

The building, designed by Albert Kahn in the Neoclassical architectural style, was constructed primarily with limestone. Three-story Corinthian columns surround the building at the second floor. The space behind the columns originally housed the main banking hall; however, this space was divided for offices during a renovation. The building also houses a parking garage in the South East tower, which is accessible from Bates Street. The original cornice was removed in the late 1970s, and the parapet of the building covered with corrugated aluminum.

The first floor of the building houses retail space, while the upper floors were designed as commercial offices.


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  1. ^ "First National Building". Skyscraper Center. CTBUH. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  2. ^ First National Building. Retrieved on April 12, 2014.

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