November 24, 1971
Henry Ford II announced plans for a $340 million center to be built in downtown Detroit.
The plan was for a consortium of 50 companies to build the Renaissance Center. At the time of its completion, the central 73-story hotel was the tallest in the United States. It has 1,300 rooms. More than 20 years after the complex opened, General Motors bought the Renaissance Center for $75 million. GM moved its world headquarters there, pledging to spend more than $500 million in renovations.
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