LEGO model of the Penobscot Annex, a 23 story high-rise building in Detroit, Michigan.
About this creation
The Penobscot Annex
About seven years after the completion of the original 13 story Penobscot Building in 1905, it was decided that more space was needed. The 23 story Penobscot Annex, designed by the architectural firm Donaldson and Meier, was constructed behind the original structure facing West Congress Street. When it was completed in 1913, it was one of the tallest buildings in Detroit. It remained the 2nd tallest building (after the Dime Building) until 1924 when the 29 story Book Cadillac Hotel opened for business.
The LEGO Model
This 64.5 inch high model of the Penobscot Annex took the longest of any of my LEGO models to complete. It is not the biggest nor the most detailed but the 2008-2009 recession combined with low quantities (and higher prices) of needed parts on Bricklink, slowed construction to a crawl. The middle section of the building is rather plain while the top and bottom floors provided some enjoyment in re-creating the neo-classical detail.
Construction Start: August 13, 2009.
Construction End: May 30, 2010.
Current Status: Office buildiing - in use.
Roof: 5.1 feet (1.5 meters).
Architectural Top: 5.4 feet (1.66 meters).
Foorplate: 49 x 67 studs.
Weight: 85 Lbs.
Portability: Building separates into 5 modules for transport to MichLTC shows.
Light blue gray - walls, roof and architectural trim.
Dark blue gray - first 6 floors of front facade, trim on mechanical floors on roof.
Tan - spandrels, window frames on upper floors, cornice.
Black - window frames on lower floors, fire escape.
Trans-Black - window glass.
The lower floors of the Penobscot Annex facing West Congress Street. The small neoclassical building on the left is the Savoyard Center (former People's State Bank).
As you can see the middle section of this Chicago School influenced design is rather plain.
The upper floors feature five corinthian pilasters and heavy cornices. The front facade is offset b one-half stud from the sides of the model; it is attached using numerous technic pins inserted into 1x1 and 1x2 technic bricks.
Details of the cornice.
The west side of the Annex features a light well; so called because it allowed natural light into the interior of the building.
The completion of the Penobscot Annex model will allow me to finish the Penobscot Block, a project I began almost 4 years ago!