David Stott building - a 37 story, 1929 Art Deco Detroit skyscraper.
About this creation
This MOC represents the David Stott building, an Art Deco skyscraper that was built in Detroit during 1929 at 1150 Griswold Street. The design of the original building appears to have been influenced by Eliel Saarinen's 2nd place entry in the 1922 Chicago Tribune building design contest. The David Stott was designed by architects Donaldson and Meier. The building is named after a Detroit businessman who owned a mill and was a boardmember of several other companies. The building remains one of Detroit's 10 tallest skyscrapers* to this day.
* If you count the Renaissance Center as one building (the towers are all integrated on a common base story) then the David Stott is the 9th tallest in Detroit. If you count each Renaissance Center tower separately then the David Stott is the 13th tallest building in Detroit.
I selected this building because of the tall, slim silhouette and for the opportunity to use the dark orange and tan color combination. I reduced the number of stories from 37 to 31 in order to maintain proprotion and to eliminate the need for a step ladder to assemble the top of the building.
A photo of the real building that I took in October 2005. This south elevation shows the strange notch on the right that goes almost all the way up to the top of the building. This notch makes the buiding asymetrical.
In December 2006, I displayed the completed building at the Cityscape Detroit meeting held in a building on the Wayne State campus. Multi-millionaire mall developer Albert Taubman was the guest speaker.
The David Stott building's first three floors are overshadowed by the Spencer R's Sears Tower, my IBM building, and Chris Leach's Flatiron building at the March 2006 GTE show in Novi Michigan. That will not happen next time!