Monroe Blocks

Located in the heart of Detroit’s Central Business District, the Monroe Blocks development will restore density and vibrancy to a site that has been vacant for decades.

A distinctive blend of accessible open spaces, destination restaurants and retail, modern office space, and residential options, Monroe Blocks is the very definition of a “live, work, play” master planned development.

Drawing on its location at the intersection of several important districts within the downtown core, the Monroe Blocks incorporates intelligent urban and landscape design strategies to deliver new pedestrian thoroughfares, public open courtyards, and inspiring architectural elements.

Plans for the massive project include the first high-rise office tower to be built downtown in a generation, as well as more than an acre of open space, nearly equivalent to the size of the adjacent Campus Martius Park. This novel approach will deliver a compelling proposition for residents, commercial tenants, and the community alike. Construction of this transformational project is scheduled to begin in 2018.

Project Vision


Connect the surrounding downtown districts through intelligent urban and landscape design strategies.


Restore a variety and density of uses to the heart of downtown with iconic office and residential design.


Create new vibrant open spaces mixed with retail, food and entertainment for all to enjoy.

When complete, the Monroe Blocks will carry on Detroit’s distinguished architectural legacy. The Monroe Blocks are located immediately adjacent to Campus Martius Park, the epicenter of the Central Business District.

The History

The two blocks along Monroe Street that make up the development were known historically as Detroit’s first theater district, lined with Italianate stone and brick buildings built between 1852 and 1911. The site was razed in 1990 with the exception of the National Theater, which was designed by prolific Detroit architect Albert Kahn and opened as a vaudeville house in 1911.

The theatre hosted a series of acts after vaudeville went out of fashion, including motion pictures and burlesque. After finally closing in the 1970s, the theatre remained vacant and open to the elements for over 40 years. During that time the structure incurred extensive and irreparable damage.

Bedrock is committed to retaining the façade of the historic National Theatre, and incorporating the magnificent terracotta archway into the development. The façade will be carefully disassembled, cataloged, and relocated to span a pedestrian walkway that will bisect [Monroe Blocks.] The walkway, which is currently a stretch of Farmer Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic and be a part of the development’s open space totaling over an acre.

Historic photo provided by Shorpy

The Plan

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