A River of Light Flows Through Detroit’s Renovated First National Building

Midwest, Newsletter
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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(Courtesy Chris & Michelle Gerard)

(Courtesy Chris & Michelle Gerard)

Curbed Detroit drew our attention to that city’s Fist National Building and its year-long renovation. The Albert Kahn-designed building opened in 1930. Its interiors have fallen into disrepair, including the original plaster ceiling.

(Courtesy Chris & Michelle Gerard)

(Courtesy Chris & Michelle Gerard)

In preparation for Papa Joe’s Gourmet Kitchen, which will occupy 15,000 square feet of the building’s Cadillac Square frontage, the building’s ground floor underwent a massive renovation. The work uncovered the old plasterwork, raising the ceiling height in the process. A flowing white element was added to accent the historic ceiling.

(Courtesy Chris & Michelle Gerard)

(Courtesy Chris & Michelle Gerard)

(Courtesy Chris & Michelle Gerard)

(Courtesy Chris & Michelle Gerard)

(Courtesy Chris & Michelle Gerard)

(Courtesy Chris & Michelle Gerard)

Photos courtesy Chris and Michelle Gerard.

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