One of the things that you can see for miles and miles around here is the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit. I’ve been there a few times over the years for conferences in Michigan and I stand in awe (and dizziness from looking up) just outside as you go in. Actually, if I stand across the river in downtown Windsor, I still stand in awe!
Just looking up and down is so impressive. Wait a few minutes and the People Mover will go by. Like most big buildings, it’s well lit for a nighttime view and the colours will change depending upon events of the day. I absolutely can’t wait until the Tigers win the World Series. There will be a lot of orange, to be sure. At present, General Motors and the Detroit Marriott are major tenants.
But just how tall? I can tell you from personal experience, “really tall”! Research indicates that it is 73 stories tall.
It would be nice to put “really tall” into some sort of perspective and you can at The Measure of Things. According to the Wikipedia, it’s 750 feet to the top of the antenna. The Measure of Things offers suggestions as to other things that might be that tall.
For this old football coach, the one that really rang my bell was the comparison to a football field.
Now, if you’re staring up at the Renaissance Center, it’s just normal to look at things on this side of the Detroit River.
Back to the Wikipedia and the tallest building in downtown Windsor is the Augustus Tower at Caesar’s Windsor with a height of 364 ft.
Of course, it’s half the height!
I’ll be honest; it’s fascinating to go through the results and look at the various descriptors used to help visualize the height.
The Measure of Things isn’t just for heights. Check for area, pinches, pennyweights, pints, or any type of measurement that you can think of.
This is a really rich resource which should be able to spawn all kinds of ideas for classroom use.