BUILDING THE PENOBSCOT
DETROIT NEWS PHOTO, CIRCA 1927

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Up, up, and away! Ironworkers enjoy the view with a merry wave as they
ride a girder being hoisted skyward during construction of the Penobscot
Building. Designed by architect Wirt C. Rowland, the opulent limestone and
granite skyscraper at Griswold and Fort was completed in 1928. The 47-story
Art Deco structure joined two older sections, built in 1905 and 1916. The
prevailing optimism of “ever upward” during Detroit’s boom decade of the
1920s was expressed in a flurry of skyscraper construction that was unmatched
anywhere in the world outside of New York and Chicago.

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