Fisher Building: Tour This Astonishing Mosaic and Chandelier Laden Skyscraper Offering Epic 360 Degree Views of Detroit

Fisher Building | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

Detroit Michigan is home to stunning museums, architectural marvels, cutting edge restaurants, casinos and theaters.  The Fisher Building is a fine example of an architectural marvel.

See our main Detroit page for our full listing of fantastic things to see in Detroit all year round.

Tour the Incredible Fisher Building

This landmark skyscraper is located at 3011 West Grand Boulevard. 

So this is cool: Pure Detroit, located on the corner of Lothrop and Second on the first floor, offers FREE Tours (approximately 1 hour) of this magnificent Art Deco building erected in 1928. 

You will be wowed by stunning mosaic floors, breathtaking ceilings and even the elevator doors are bronze works of art. They don't make 'em like this anymore!  

  • Awesome photo opportunities! 
  • Great views!  Oh, and there's a coffee shop...just sayin'

Great shopping is also on the first level.  Be sure to check out the Detroit Gallery of Contemporary Crafts for great wearable art. 

What is the Purpose of the Fisher Building?

The Fisher Building was designed to house office and retail space. The building also contains the stunning 2,089-seat Fisher Theatre.  The theatre presents spectacular Broadway productions!  Check one out and you won't be disappointed!

It also houses the headquarters for the Detroit Public Schools and the studios of radio station WJR.

Fisher Building General Information

The Fisher building is open to the public.

Tours: Pure Detroit offers guided tours of this magnificent building. It's an incredible way to discover the history of the building and see 360° views of Detroit.

Parking: We found the easiest spot to park was in a surface lot directly across from the entrance to the Pure Detroit entrance.

Handicap Accessible: Tours through Pure Detroit are wheelchair accessible as one person in our party was in a wheelchair. I was able to maneuver the wheelchair into the elevators and throughout all the floors without problems.

Once You Come Inside...

A plaque near the famous elevator reads, "The Fisher Building, known as "Detroit's Largest Art Object," was originally conceived by the Fisher Brothers as an Ode to the American builder and Craftsman.  The Fishers spared no expense in its construction ($9 million dollars!), which is evidenced in the spectacular frescoes, mosaics, marble, and brass work adorning interior surfaces."

The main arcade of the Fisher Building is 30 feet wide, 44 feet high and 600 feet long. You can't help but immediately notice the spectacular art deco chandeliers; ranging from 5 to 8 feet tall. 

Several colorful and detailed mosaics adorn the walls and intricate bronze medallions cover the floors. 40 different varieties of marble were sourced from all over the world.  You will see lots of brass and bronze throughout the vast interior.

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

If you are needing a treat or a coffee to perk you up before your tour, there is a great office shop down the main hall on the left. 

Restrooms are also located throughout the building. 

Did You Know the Fisher Building is a National Historic Landmark?

The building was designated a National Historic Landmark on June 29, 1989.

The Fisher brothers spent $9 million dollars to create The Fisher Building

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