Constructed in 1966, the Professional Plaza office tower became known around town as the “Hammer and Nail Building” for its iconic neon sign — a series of hammers striking a nail — and for housing the Detroit Carpenters Union.

An ode to its namesake as well as Detroit’s mid-century cocktail culture, the new Hammer & Nail bar is a study in sleek mid-century detail. The design concept: to extend the building’s mid-century architecture to an evening cocktail bar on the ground floor.

Soaring floor-to-ceiling windows, leather banquettes, and a warm walnut-panelled bar topped with black marble and brass lamps strike just the right mood. And as a grand flourish, the iconic neon sign was reinstated in a prominent location: right above the bar.


Detroit, MI




John D'Angelo

  • Interior Design
  • Construction Administration
  • Furniture Specification
  • Furniture Procurement
Project Team
  • Heather McKeon
  • Molly Kalep
  • Patrick Thompson