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Hillsdale Daily News (Newspaper) - March 8, 1980, Hillsdale, Michigan 4a the Hillsdale daily news saturday March 8,1980 i Dan tax a. Dell gift Fox a Liz swooping fabric panels form this free style sculpture and repeat the curves and circles that Are evident everywhere in the Renaissance Center. On a Clear Day you can see Canada and the Bridge and the surrounding Countryside and this was the Case when Hillsdale daily news trip takers visited the magnificent Renaissance Center and soared to the top of the worlds largest hotel the Detroit Plaza which is within the Renaissance Complex. This was taken from just below the revolving restaurant level. What is tall and wide and round and Square and straight and angled and curved and Geometric and costs 350 million dollars All of the above attempts to describe the Renaissance Center in Detroit and none even comes close to sharing the vivid experience of visiting there. A bus Load of curious Hillsdale daily news trip takers ventured to the big City last week to look Over the Detroit Plaza which is the worlds tallest hotel that sits smack in the Middle of four 39-Story office towers and a four level podium which includes the world of shops a too of them a retail mall. It was conceived in 1971 by Henry Ford ii As a catalyst for the revitalization of Detroit and since its formal dedication and the opening of the world of shops in 1978, it has apparently done the Job. The weather for our trip was Clear and cold. It did no to get above to degrees in Detroit the entire Day but we were on the inside looking out at the world through some 11,535 windows and the View was absolutely magnificent. Particularly from the 73rd floor and the three level Summit which is the worlds largest revolving rooftop restaurant lounge Complex. Here Are comfortable a a pods that contain curved velvet sofas and one can look at Canada and the surrounding landscape in total relaxation. To get there you ride a special Glass elevator and As you climb steadily you can walk around and View the area like a Bird in flight probably the first impression of the whole thing is mass confusion. You really done to know where to go first. A very personable Young woman suggested we Start on the lower level and work up and it is at this Point you immediately realize that a a up has several meanings. You have to sort of get the hang of which escalator goes where and you learn Early on that in some instances you can to get there from Here. You have to use the Many winding staircases and be aware that some escalators go Only to office towers or the hotel suites. Many of us did a lot of Riding up and Down until we got our bearings. The architecture is Worth the trip. Concrete columns and balconies swoop and soar and color is everywhere. Lots of Green plants Are growing from the Walls and fountains and Ponds provide soothing sounds and backdrops for the Many Many eating places. You can buy oysters on the half Shell from a Pushcart Vendor a luncheon salad simply overflowing with shrimp and served on a meat Platter As your table revolves on a a a trip around the building or you can have an old reliable big Mac. You could be locked in the place and never never starve to death. You can eat in four languages and Ogle in the Universal language of shops Range from inexpensive drug store gift shop to priceless imports and High fashion designers. No one puts you Down if you browse through the $700 dresses and say you Are just looking. No one seemed to mind As we inquired the Price of the sculpture in the window which turned out to be an even eight Grandad no one seemed surprised or disgusted when i did no to buy the $150 shoes i tried on Here the tourists with cameras rub elbows with the elegantly coiffed and gowned shoppers who Are in the boutiques looking for a that different Little nowhere did i encounter anyone who was discourteous disinterested or less than gracious. But i was really amazed to find there Are no lockers or similar provisions for Day Long visitors to Check their Coats or packages something should be done about that. The whole Complex contains 250,000 cubic Yards of Concrete 38,000 tons of structural steel and nearly one million Ceramic tiles. The tiles make for very tired feet. The whole thing has two million Square feet of Glass and the heating system could warm 3500 Homes. Over 1800 full time construction personnel worked on the project daily and at Peak periods 23 major subcontractors were involved. I done to know much about building but i think they did a Good Job. And apparently the Complex seems to be paying its Way. The hotel has booked 900 conventions and 800,000 room nights through 1990. Already phase ii has begun with two structures each 21 stories tall and costing an estimated $70 million rising from the shadows of the Complex. Together they will contain 580.000 Square feet of office space and 45.000 Square feet of retail space. It is As though it is a City within a City. The Renaissance Center is one of the largest privately finance real estate developments in history. Backed by a 51-member partnership it is the largest investment group Ever assembled for a major real estate project. The first mortgage loan of $200 million was the largest Ever made for a single real estate development. There Are five financial institutions participating in the permanent financing usually Only one assumes such a commitment. I rather imagine that to fully appreciate the Center one would have to visit there a minimum of 52 times and stay in the hotel for at least a week. It would take that Long to really find your Way around and see everything there is to see from one of the zillion Vantage Points provided. It is indeed a really super place. Photos and text by Geneva Gates a City within the City is arranged around reflecting pools Concrete planters and frequent Plush and comfortable seating areas. This View is facing one of the Many Hillsdale Anita Lee Helen a. Vollman Hal Vollman Donna Bevard Charles Payne Ruth Payne Lucille Davis Rosemarie Maartin Wyona Reed Carol Sharp Virginia Greiner Ruby Chamberlain Maarcia Keating Fern Benjamin Betty Maartin Birdell Roberts Jonesville Alary Jane Pearson Ruth Owens Donna Hills Lillian Lohness Irene Sharp Norm a Gaberdiel Richard Adams Grace Arris Erma risk a Litchfield Geneva Gates Julia Dorothy Griffiths Ruth Maartha Ladd Anna Doty Jackson Jan Stanton Curry Ladd North Adams Dorothy Bonsteel Osseo Pat Berlin amildred Bildner Reading Donna Ritter Camden Shirley Crow Alary Harrington Norman Crow Frances Crow Hudson Judy Peltier Pittsford Beverly Scott Angeline Rininger Frontier amildred Rothlisberge William Rothlisberge Mosher v Ille a Ary Stanton restaurants and the a a umbrellas suspended from the ceiling Are Bright yellow and give the eatery its name a Yum Brella i col. Hal and Helen Vollmann 76 w. Lynwood Hillsdale paused to rest in one of the Many velvet cushioned a pods that line the circular observation area of the Detroit Plaza hotel in the Renaissance Center. In Back of them stretches the Detroit and Canadian skylines and although the thermometer registered just to degree outside the heat from the Sun streaming through these windows made this area very warm

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