Meet the man restoring Detroit's historic Fisher Building

Detroit became first U.S. city to receive City of Design designation

DETROIT – Meet the man in charge of restoring parts of Detroit's historic Fisher Building.

Here's some background on the Fisher from

The Fisher — built by the Fisher brothers of “Body by Fisher” fame — opened Sept. 1, 1928, at Second Avenue and Grand Boulevard. Once known as the Cathedral to Commerce, the 441-foot tower is decked to the nines in fancy marbles, mosaics, soaring, painted ceilings and a whole lot of brass and bronze.

This world of shops, theater, art and architectural beauty is renowned architect Albert Kahn’s masterpiece, “a superbly designed complex which displays some of the finest craftsmanship in any Art Deco style building constructed in the U.S. in the 1920s,” the National Park Service says.

Unquestionably, the golden tower of the Fisher Building is one of the most recognizable sights in Detroit’s skyline.

On December 11, 2015, Detroit became the first U.S. city to receive a UNESCO City of Design designation, joining 47 cities from 33 countries as new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

More from the Detroit Creative Corridor Center.

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Ken Haddad is the digital content and audience manager for WDIV / He also authors the Morning Report Newsletter and various other newsletters. He's been with WDIV since 2013. He enjoys suffering through Lions games on Sundays in the fall.