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Monday, 10 November, 2008 10:59 PM
Historic Fisher Building Celebrates 80 Years
Photo courtesy of Farbman Group
The interior of Detroit's Fisher Building.
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — The Fisher Building — Detroit’s golden tower since 1928 — will mark its 80th birthday with a celebration, 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 11, 2008. The party is open to the public.
To be held on the main floor of the historic art-deco structure, the event will offer revelers the opportunity to enjoy a multi-dimensional birthday cake representative of the landmark property. Remarks will be provided by Stephen Whitney, President and CEO, Albert Kahn Associates, Inc., Karen Nagher, President, Preservation Wayne and a Michigan Historic Preservation Network representative.
The Fisher Building was originally commissioned by the Fisher brothers, who amassed their fortune by developing the closed body for the automobile, in 1928. The brothers hired architect Albert Kahn to create a masterpiece of functional art. A genius of design, Kahn conceived an ornate structure, replete with the opulence and style so desired in Detroit’s gilded age of commercial construction. His original plans included a twin to the existing tower, flanking a 60-story center tower. The completed structure would have covered an entire city block. Only the one tower was completed at a cost of $9 million. One quarter of that cost was spent on the creation of pure beauty. For all its wealth of detail, the Fisher Building, which broke ground in August 1927, was constructed in just 15 months, with the building 60 percent occupied by December 1928.
“We are happy to celebrate good craftsmanship, a historic landmark and be part of the vibrancy of Detroit’s New Center Area,” said Andrew V. Farbman, president Farbman Group, a metro Detroit–based full service real estate firm and one of the building’s owners. “It’s a tremendous honor to be entrusted to being care for a priceless heirloom like the Fisher Building.”
Declared the most beautiful commercial building in 1928, it was not long before it was considered a freestanding object of art; gold leaf dominates the vaulted hand painted arcade ceilings. It is decorated in marble from throughout the world gracing both the exterior and interior of the building. Solid bronze décor cases the exterior of the building. Businesses at this landmark address now include: restaurateur Frank Taylor’s South Beach Pizza Bar, Pure Detroit, law firms, physicians, numerous professional offices and radio stations including WJR-AM, WDRQ-FM and WPLT-FM.
FK Acquisition LLC purchased the historic Fisher Building in 2003 and engaged the Farbman Group as its agent, returning the landmark property back into Detroit ownership for the first time in 25 years and literally acquiring a part of their family heritage. Ironically, Architect Albert Kahn is a predecessor of the Farbman family.
Today, the Fisher Building continues to play an integral role in Detroit’s New, serving as the center of a city within a city with pedestrian skywalks and underground corridors connecting to Cadillac Place (the former GM world headquarters), and the Albert Kahn and New Center One buildings. Eleven separate structures create a complex in which one can park, conduct business, bank, shop, dine, visit art galleries and attend the renowned Fisher Theatre.
About Farbman Group
Farbman Group has offered real estate services including, brokerage, property management, development, and construction to southeast Michigan, and beyond, for more than 30 years. The combination of distinct, but complementary, services the Southfield, Mich.-based group offers positions Farbman Group as a leader in the industry as well as the community at large.
Source: Marx Layne & Co.
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