Throwback Thursday: Back in time to the completion of Detroit's Renaissance Center

The year was 1977 and it was January. January in Michigan means frosty temps and some winter precipitation flying. None of that stopped the construction crew from getting the job done.

With snow on the ground and also flying through the air, the Sikorsky helicopter was attached to a 100-ton, 200-foot construction crane. The crane's job was done at the top of the magnificent structure but it still had to be lowered 73 stories to the ground. 

The City-County Building, the downtown Greyhound terminal, the First National Building, the Michigan Consolidated Gas Building, the Guardian Building, the Penobscot, the National Bank of Detroit Building, and the Ford Building are visible in the background through a haze of snow.

Despite the freezing temperatures, the crane was removed in just a few hours as The Plaza, Detroit's candidate for the title of tallest hotel in the world, was set to open on March 1, 1977 as the center spire of the $337 million project.

FOX 2 would like to thank the Detroit Historical Society for the photo. Click here for learn more. 

Be sure come back to this page in future Thursdays as we go back in time.

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