Local 4 get peek at private memorabilia collection inside Detroit's Book Cadillac hotel

Historian collecting history of iconic building that's been around since 1920s on Washington Boulevard


DETROIT – At one point in time it was the tallest hotel in the world. But even though things have changed since 1924, Detroit's Book Cadillac still remains one of the city's most famous buildings.

The iconic hotel reopened in 2008 after millions of dollars in renovations. And people have been sending the Book Cadillac paraphernalia and goodies from its old past – things like original china with Antonie de Cadillac's crest, stations, napkins, menus and photographs.

Historian Brandley McCallum has been researching the items and has put them into a private collection.

In the 1920s, the room rate was $4 a night. The rate of inflation pushed rates up to $10 a night in the 1940s. Today, the rate is about $200.

Presidents such as Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Dwight Eisenhower have walked through the hotel's doors.

Local 4 gets peek at collection

Local 4's Paula Tutman got a peek at the collection on Thursday.

You can see pictures of the memorabilia here: Inside the history of the Book Cadillac