The Penobscot Building in the financial district is one of the most prominent buildings that has shaped our city’s skyline. The second to be built of the Rowland “big three” is actually the third of the Penobscot Buildings – the first two of the cluster were built by Donaldson and Meier. Donaldson and Meier were in line to build the third building, however, the owner decided to go with a modern style and chose Wirt Rowland of Smith, Hynchman and Grylls (now the Smith Group). The Donaldson and Meier proposal looked very similar to their David Stott Building, just north on Griswold.
I recently found this Free Press article from 1932, and thought the color illustration was such a great graphic, I had to share it here. More on the Penobscot to follow!