Rich history: a Detroit staple


The Security Trust Company is a seven-story bank building with a steel frame faced with limestone. The building was designed by Albert Kahn and erected in 1925. The building is designed in the Beaux-arts architectural style. Security Trust was established in 1906, and two years later moved to the corner of Griswold and Fort Streets, just south of where this building was constructed.

The front facade has columns flanking three four-story tall arches. The columns are finished with elaborately carved human and animal motifs. In 1964, the original gable atop the building was removed and a two-story flat-roofed addition was placed atop the building. The addition is clad with cast concrete panels.

The beautiful relief stone carving was done by Corrado Parducci (some say Ulysses Ricci?). The building is currently empty. Ricci was a sculptor born in New York City, who studied at Cooper Union. He was a partner in the studio Ricci & Zari from 1917 to 1941. Parducci apprenticed with Ricci and then later with Anthony DiLorenzo. He did work with Kahn but also worked on some of the most interesting buildings in Detroit (Guardian, Buhl and Penobscot buildings) for Wirt Rowland.

The Security Trust Lofts have been designed in keeping with the original style and majesty of the building.