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The elaborate copper ziggurats that crown the rooftop of the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit Michigan. Nearly completely restored from the original, they only lack four urns near the top of the peak.
Opened in 1924 as the Book-Cadillac Hotel, this 34-story building designed by Louis Kamper was an elaborate neo-classical venetian masterpiece that was known to many as the best hotel in the region. The list of those that stayed within the walls is endless, including athletes, and presidents. Ask anyone if the hotel could be re-used back before renovation started, and the answer was a firm NEVER. The hotel, closed since 1986 began a renovation by the Ferchill Group in 2006 that consisted of a huge financing jigsaw puzzle to the sum of $180 million. The doors reopened October, 2008 to great fanfare. The building now contains hotel and condominiums.