Merchants Building

The Merchants Building is a commercial building located at 206 E. Grand River Avenue (at Broadway Street) in Detroit, Michigan. It is also known as the Broadway Merchants Building. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.


The Merchants Building was designed by Otto Misch in 1922 for John Barlum (who also constructed the Barlum Tower). Throughout its history, the building has housed many business, including at least three furriers, Midwest Woolen Co., Kroger Grocery & Bakery, NY Life Insurance Co., a jeweler and shoe repair shop. The lowrise building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 25, 1983.


The Merchants Building stands at 8 floors in height. It is built from steel and reinforced concrete, and wrapped with terra cotta. The facade is divided vertically into three sections: the bottom two stories are the storefront area, the middle five floors are divided by metal spandrel panels with raised panels, and the top floor windows are divided by terra cotta shields.