Cadillac Hotel For Our Project

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How can a ninety-year-old hotel represent the people of Detroit in 2014? I wondered the exact same thing when my group decided to focus on the Book-Cadillac Hotel for our project. When presented with the list of choices for this assignment, we saw a few familiar Detroit landmarks – The Motown Museum, Comerica Park, and Fox Theatre, for example. Our group figured that we should choose a place that we had never even heard of so we could have the opportunity to learn some of the history of Detroit, while also learning about the people of Detroit; and thus, we landed on the Book-Cadillac Hotel. Through research, it is clear to see that although the Book-Cadillac Hotel was first opened in 1924, it continues to represent the city of Detroit and…show more content…
It is clear that this was a deliberate decision; they wanted the hotel to justly represent their great city of Detroit. To fully exhibit the wealth of Detroit at this time, Louis Kamper, the designer of the building, used an Italian Renaissance style with influences of Venetian and Egyptian elements (Detroit Historical Society). When it opened, the building was the tallest hotel in the world and the tallest building in the city. With 33 floors and 1,136 rooms the Book-Cadillac was the premier hotel of Detroit, hosting many social events and rooming many presidents, dignitaries, and entertainers (Abandoned). According to Martelle, the success of the Book-Cadillac hotel “marked Detroit’s emergence as a self-aware city, with its [higher] class investing massive sums ... trying to rival Chicago as a center for urban architecture and culture” (Martelle). Ways of seeing are reciprocal – the hotel became this great, magnificent place of which the Book brothers had always dreamed. This confirmed their way of seeing the city of Detroit. Furthermore, mirroring the city of Detroit, the Book-Cadillac hotel has faced some hard times. The hotel declined during the Great Depression. Luckily, new ownership helped to restore the vitality of the hotel after WWII. In 1951, the hotel was sold to the Sheraton Hotel Corporation, who renamed it the
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