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The Bankers Trust Company Building (1925) is an office building at Congress & Shelby in Detroit, Michigan. Designed by Wirt C. Rowland, the ornately carved building is an exquisite example of Italian Romanesque architecture in America

Rowland designed many of the amazing buildings in Downtown Detroit through the 1920's and into the 30's. He also completed the original sketches for Kirk in the Hills, the gothic structure that I have posted images of before.

Rowland’s use of the Italian Romanesque style here is an interesting one. Not only is the style relatively uncommon in Detroit, it is even more rare for bank buildings. Good local examples of the Italian Romanesque include the St. Theresa of Avila Roman Catholic Church (1919), the Graphic Arts Building (1925), and to a lesser degree, the Albert Kahn-designed Vinton Building (1916), although none are as elaborately decorated as the Bankers Trust building. As a bank, this building deviates from the Neoclassical or Renaissance styles that late-19th and early-20th century banks often employed.

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