About One Woodward Avenue
One Woodward Avenue is a skyscraper and class-A office center in Detroit, Michigan. Located with the city's Financial District, it overlooks the International Riverfront. It contains 29 stories (28 floors with one basement level), and reaches a height of 430 feet (131 m). It is connected directly to the Guardian Building by an enclosed walkway over W. Larned Street. Architect Minoru Yamasaki designed One Woodward Avenue. His first skyscraper, he used it to formulate his design for the now-destroyed World Trade Center in New York City. His design for McGregor Memorial Conference Center at Wayne State University is also highly regarded by architects. Yamasaki commissioned Giacomo Manzù, an Italian sculptor with important liturgical commissions in St. Peter's in Rome, to craft Detroit's Passo di Danza (step of dance) at the One Woodward Avenue building. At night, the large "cube" at the top is lit up with large floodlights, color-coded with seasonal events. Near Christmas, it is lit green, red, and white; in the summer, around the U.S. Independence Day and Canada Day, it is red, white and blue; and it is silver-gold prior to the U.S. Thanksgiving celebration in November.