Forgotten Detroit
Book-Cadillac Hotel

The Bed Rooms

Typical Room"The guest rooms of the hotel begin on the seventh floor and from here on up to the twenty-sixth floor, inclusive, the floor plans are uniform. Individual floor plans are to be encountered on the twenty-seventh, twenty-eighth and twenty-ninth floors."

"In furnishing of the bedrooms definite policy was set which made the handling of the furniture a simple matter, practically eliminating any danger of obtaining inharmonious effects through errors in the placement of furniture."

"All of the outside rooms are furnished in gray-green enameled furniture, decorated in the Louis XVI period. The small chairs and benches are covered, some in green jaspe and some in rose jaspe. All of the draperies in all of the bedrooms are identical, beingrose, green and ivory striped overdrapes of a simple but striking design hung with drawing attachments, under which are marquisette curtains trimmed with lace edges, the window shades all being natural color opaque. The upholstered chair in each room is furnished in either rose and gold or in green and gold striped damask."

Single Room"The carpeting in all the guest rooms is the same, containing a soft putty-colored background with a small Louis XVI latticed design in it. It is laid over Ozite carpet cushion, upon a concrete floor, as are all other carpets in the hotel."

"This system of decoration makes possible the use of any combinations of furniture which seem convenient; pieces upholstered in rose and pieces upholstered in green harmonizing perfectly with one another, and with bedspreads of either color."

Double"All of the court bedrooms are furnished on a similar basis, except that walnut furniture of French design is used, with green enameled mirrors. The bedspreads in these inside rooms are of India prints. Otherwise the system of furnishing on the court rooms duplicate those of the outside rooms, carpets and draperies being identical."

"Two significant features of unusual interest to hotel men who are contemplating new buildings or refurnishing the ones they now have, are to be encountered in the Book-Cadillac guest rooms. On none of the beds is there any foot board. This feature adds immeasurably to the general attractiveness of each room and actually seems to increase the room space."

Copyright 1999 - 2004, David Kohrman
Last updated on April 27, 2004