The Kales building, the former Kresge Company headquarters building, was designed by famed Detroit architect Albert Kahn in 1914, and renovated between 2001-2006 with Brian Hurttienne acting as lead architect.
When completed in 1914, the Kales Building housed the headquarters for the Kresge Corporation. While Kresge occupied 9 of the 18 floors, the rest of the floors were leased out to doctors, dentists, and a pharmacy in the street level storefront. After Kresge relocated in 1930, the building remained medical offices until 1986 when the last tenant moved out. The building sat vacant, until redevelopment efforts led to a full renovation into 117 loft apartments.
The building is styled with a clean-lined facade of white glazed brick with Neo-Classical and Renaissance revival elements like a hipped roof and upper arched windows. Unique to the project was the construction of a tunnel from the building to the Grand Circus Park underground parking garage.
Location: Detroit, MI
Area: 144,000 SF
Phase: Completed, 2006
Kales Building, LLC
General Contractor: Owner