601 West Fort Street was constructed in 1912 (if I remember correctly) and was purpose-built as a printing press. Located at the corner of Fort Street and Second Avenue, just across form the historic Detroit News building and next to the even more iconic Fort Street Presbyterian Cathedral, 601 had been forsaken for some time when my employers purchased the property in 2014.
Amongst many renovations to the building, I conceived of and designed a 5th floor for this 4-story building; It was to be a penthouse where the owner could reside when in Detroit, a presentation and event space for the company that leased the building, and was designed to take in the views from the Detroit River after Joe Louis was torn down.
The plan is roughly 2,200 SF of open plan, with a private owner suite and guest room. Working with National Cad and NCS Team in Southfield, Architects, I designed this to be mostly modular, with construction taking place on the guest and owner’s suites off-site.