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David Stott Building
David Stott building - a 37 story, 1929 Art Deco Detroit skyscraper.
About this creation
This MOC represents the David Stott building, an Art Deco skyscraper that was built in Detroit during 1929 at 1150 Griswold Street. The design of the original building appears to have been influenced by Eliel Saarinen's 2nd place entry in the 1922 Chicago Tribune building design contest. The David Stott was designed by architects Donaldson and Meier. The building is named after a Detroit businessman who owned a mill and was a boardmember of several other companies. The building remains one of Detroit's 10 tallest skyscrapers* to this day.



* If you count the Renaissance Center as one building (the towers are all integrated on a common base story) then the David Stott is the 9th tallest in Detroit. If you count each Renaissance Center tower separately then the David Stott is the 13th tallest building in Detroit.



I selected this building because of the tall, slim silhouette and for the opportunity to use the dark orange and tan color combination. I reduced the number of stories from 37 to 31 in order to maintain proprotion and to eliminate the need for a step ladder to assemble the top of the building.



Building Statistics:

  • Construction Start: February 12, 2006.

  • Construction End: May 20, 2006.

  • Current Status: Office/commercial.

  • Height: This is my tallest skyscraper to date.


    • Roof: 237 bricks (7.5 feet / 2.3 meters).

    • Architectural Top: 240 bricks (7.6 feet / 2.33 meters).

    • Spire/Antenna: 253 bricks (7.9 feet / 2.43 meters).



  • Foorplate: 35 x 43 studs.

  • Floors: 31 (the real building has 37).

  • Weight: 54 pounds / 24.5 Kg.

  • Portability: Building separates into six modules for transport to MichLTC shows.




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   The upper portion of the David Stott building's west facade.



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   A MichLTC train/town display was coming up at a Great Train Expo as I started construction, so I added a temporary roof and used the first three stories as a complete building for the show.



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   Construction on the upper floors began after I bought a significant portion of the available dark orange bricks from Bricklink.



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   Construction in progess up to the 25th floor.



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   The completed building.



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   The building again, this time without the sunlight.



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   A photo of the real building that I took in October 2005. This south elevation shows the strange notch on the right that goes almost all the way up to the top of the building. This notch makes the buiding asymetrical.



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   A closer view of the prototype's upper floors showing the art deco style setbacks. Compare with the first picture of my Lego model which is at almost the same angle.



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   The bottom three floors are faced with marble.



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   In December 2006, I displayed the completed building at the Cityscape Detroit meeting held in a building on the Wayne State campus. Multi-millionaire mall developer Albert Taubman was the guest speaker.



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   The David Stott building's first three floors are overshadowed by the Spencer R's Sears Tower, my IBM building, and Chris Leach's Flatiron building at the March 2006 GTE show in Novi Michigan. That will not happen next time!



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   The David Stott Building was the tallest Lego skyscraper at the NMRA 2006 National Train Show in Philadelphia.



Comments

 I like it 
  November 19, 2010
Unbelievable! Simply fantastic. This and other works you've done represent exactly what I hope to achieve in the near future. Thank you for setting the bar so high.
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  October 14, 2009
This building is realistic. Too realistic. I mean when I compared it to the actual picture, it took me a couple of minutes to figure out which one was LEGO! Great job =)
  July 27, 2009
I saw this at the train festival in Owosso. Very impressive in person.
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  February 26, 2009
Excellent interpretation. Thanks for making me discover Detroit's architectural gems.
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  July 3, 2006
AWESOME!! the building looks great with the use of DARK ORANGE bricks.
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  June 21, 2006
This is a VERY cool building you made!
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  June 17, 2006
WICKED!!!!!!!!!, totally fabulous man
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  May 23, 2006
I'm mesmerized. Well done.
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  May 21, 2006
Truely excellent work! Dark orange and tan work great together and the scale + the details make this outstanding. Looking forward to seeing this in person.
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  May 21, 2006
WOW..I have seen the real thing and this looks great!Can't wait to see it at a show! Once again Jim has raised the bar and made me feel like a second rate builder :-) .Chris
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  May 21, 2006
very nice! i think a problem might have occured with the rating bar at the top of the page.
 I like it 
  May 21, 2006
wow
 
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