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Penobscot Building, Detroit
Model completed in 2014.
About this creation
This model is approximately 1/650th scale, similar to my other skyscrapers.

6 Higher resolution photos, available on

The Penobscot Building is a 47 story tower in Detroit completed in 1928. It was designed by architect Wirt C. Rowland and stand 664ft in height. The tower is clad in Indiana limestone and features an art deco design motif. It is technically known as the Greater Penobscot Building as it shares the same block with the original 13-story Penobscot Building built in 1905.

The building was the fifth tallest in the world when finished and remained the tallest building in Detroit until the completion of the Renaissance Center in the 1970s. The main shaft of the tower features an H-shaped floorplan with deep light wells. It is topped off by a number of setbacks culminating in a broadcast tower with a spherical red navigation beacon.

I built this model to demonstrate some of the new angle brackets and plates with studs on the side elements and their usefulness in combating The Corner Problem. This is the difficulty of using tile grille elements at corner intersections when modeling small setbacks.

This side of the tower features some irregular window spacing due to the elevator banks and a portion of the lower fašade is white. It is mainly hidden from view by the neighboring Ford Building.

This is not the first LEGO Penobscot Building ever constructed. That honor goes to my friend Jim Garrett and his monstrous 11ft tall version. For fun, I decided to recreate in miniland form this photo of him standing next to his model.


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  December 31, 2014
Fantastic work. I love the last pic.
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  December 31, 2014
Very real-looking :)
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  December 29, 2014
great job!:D
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  December 29, 2014
Perfect work on this one :) The last pic with the figure is my fav. Really cool idea and well executed in bricks.
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  December 28, 2014
Wow, miss one meeting in 14 years..
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  December 28, 2014
Quoting Chris Leach That is perfect Spencer!!!! Jim looks cool in Lego form.
Yea, you missed seeing that at the last meeting.
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  December 28, 2014
That is perfect Spencer!!!! Jim looks cool in Lego form.
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