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Chrysler House
Alternative names Griswold Place
Dime Savings Bank Building
Commonwealth Building
General information
Type Commercial offices
Location 719 Griswold Street
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°19′52″N 83°02′54″W / 42.331063°N 83.04832°W / 42.331063; -83.04832
Completed 1912
Renovated 2002
Roof 99 m (325 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 23
Design and construction
Architect Daniel Burnham
Renovating team
Architect Barton Malow
Chrysler House
U.S. Historic district
Contributing property
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Architectural style Neo-Classical
Part of Detroit Financial District (ID09001067)
Designated CP December 14, 2009

Chrysler House is a 23-story, 99 m (325 ft) skyscraper located at 719 Griswold Street in Downtown Detroit, Michigan. The class-A office building is adjacent to the Penobscot Building in the heart of the U.S. designated Detroit Financial District. It is used as an office building, with retail space on the street level.


The building was constructed between 1910 and 1912 and known for many years as the Dime Building. When completed, the tower was named the Dime Savings Bank Building for its primary tenant. It was later renamed the Commonwealth Building, briefly known as Griswold Place. It became the Dime Building again in 2002, before being renamed in 2012.

The original Lincoln Highway Association national headquarters occupied office 2115 on the 21st floor from 1913 to 1928.

For several years through 1983, the building housed the headquarters of Bank of the Commonwealth until the bank merged with Comerica. In 2002, a $40-million renovation was completed.

In August 2011, Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert purchased the building along with the nearby Qube, First National Building and Wright-Kay Building.

Chrysler House Doors
Doors inside the Chrysler House

On April 30, 2012, Gilbert and Chrysler Group LLC chairman Sergio Marchionne announced that Chrysler will move its Great Lakes Business Center and some executive offices, with approximately 70 employees, into the two top floors of the building. As part of the lease, the building was renamed for the company.


The tower was designed in the Neoclassical architectural style by Daniel Burnham. The steel-framed structure is faced with white glazed brick and terra cotta trim. The most distinctive feature is the central light court which begins on the third floor and creates a U-shaped floor plan on the upper office floors. This feature can be seen in an earlier version on Burnham's Miner's National Bank Building, now Citizens Bank financial Center, completed one year earlier in downtown Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Miner's National Bank is a similar, but smaller-scale design with the main banking hall in the space below the light court and featuring a large skylight. A later expansion of the building altered the U-shape of the upper floors.

In a subsequent renovation, the lower two floors were refaced with gray granite and a pediment above the central entrance and cornice were removed.


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