Unlike most downtown buildings, the Metropolitan Builidng was not an office building. It was nicknamed the jewelers building because of the large number of diamond cutters and goldsmiths working there.
The 14-story neo-gothic structure opened in 1925 as the Metropolitan Building. The interior and exterior showcased many high-end materials to mirror the luxury products it housed.
As with many other downtown retail establishments its' occupants fled to newer developments in the rapidly growing suburban Detroit market.
Finally closing in 1977 it became just another sign of blight and Detroit's rapid retail decay. Still many saw the beauty and potential in this historic structure. With many visions for the building coming and then going; finally a good fit arrived. The Roxbury Group and Detroit based Means Group have developed this into an extended stay hotel, Element by Marriott.
Griffin Marble again valued this opportunity to work with Roxbury Group on this historic restoration/renovation project. They have excelled in preserving the beautiful craftsmanship and creating a current vibe that attracts today's market.
We were responsible for restoring the existing terrazzo, removing graffiti from the main lobby wall and grinding and polishing many areas of concrete. #jewelinDetroit.
This gem of an office building opened in January 2019 as a hotel but still continues to add features that today's visitor is looking for. Just this week The Monarch Club opened on the rooftop bar. They have managed to create a spot that will be one of this summer's top attractions. Check out the view in the above photos.
We continue value and enjoy the opportunity to work on Detroit's rebirth and historical restoration. Make this building one of your summer destinations.
White Marble Staircase Wall: remove graffiti, hone and polish to natural shine.
Corridors and Hallways: ground original terrazzo to remove damage and honed to a natural shine, sealed for added protection.