AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture / Edition 1

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With its sleek look and easy-to-use layout, this completely new guide to Detroit architecture provides a fresh, in-depth look at the city of Detroit itself as well as a number of distinctive environments outside the city proper. Its 369 entries and more than 400 photographs—many by renowned architectural photographer Balthazar Korab, who served as principal photographer for the project—show off Detroit's significant architectural history. Like its predecessor, Detroit Architecture: AIA Guide, also published by Wayne State University Press (1971 and 1980), AIA Detroit is an authoritative yet highly readable account of a wide range of structures and urban spaces. It features a host of buildings—two-thirds of which are listed on local, state, and/or national registers of historical buildings—and also recognizes a handful of bridges, monuments, fountains, parks, cemeteries, neighborhoods, and specialty districts that are architecturally and stylistically notable. Organized as a series of walking (or driving) tours beginning with the Downtown area, the guide moves north, west, and east to explore the city's many districts and neighborhoods, and then takes a look at the special environments of the Grosse Pointe Lakeshore, the Cranbrook educational community, the GM Technical Center, and Ford's Dearborn. Photographs of each site and numerous useful maps throughout help readers visualize the locales. AIA Detroit serves as a much-needed tool in uncovering and navigating the city's rich architectural heritage for citizens, tourists, and architecture students alike.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814331200
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 684,670
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric J. Hill, a Detroit-based architect, is Director of Urban Design and Planning with Albert Kahn Associates and adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University Of Michigan.

John Gallagher is a staff writer for the Detroit Free Press. He has also written for Architectural Record, Inland Architect, and many other publications.

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Table of Contents

About the AIA Guide ix
Acknowledgments xiv
Introduction 1
Downtown 10
Civic Center 12
RenCen 24
Greektown 34
East Necklace 44
Grand Circus 54
West Necklace 70
Fort/Financial 82
Campus Martius 96
Midtown 106
Woodward Midtown 108
Brush Park 116
Medical Center 120
Cass Corridor 126
Grand River 136
Wayne State 140
Cultural Center 152
North 166
Milwaukee Junction 168
New Center 174
Woodward Piety 184
Hamtramck 188
Boston-Edison 190
Highland Park 196
Northwest 200
Palmer Park 204
Palmer Woods 208
West 214
Near West 216
Southwest 222
East 226
Rivertown 228
Lafayette/Gratiot 246
Elmwood 254
Belle Isle 260
Indian Village 266
East Jefferson 276
Special Environments 284
Grosse Pointe Lakeshore 288
Cranbrook 304
GM Technical Center 320
Ford's Dearborn 328
Timeline of Architects 338
Bibliography 348
Index to Buildings 350
Index to Architects 356
Photography Credits 359
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2008


    This book is a must have for those interested in Detroit's architecture and revival. The authors have completely redone the AIA guide to the Detroit area's architecture. As an AIA guide, it is most impressive and includes areas such as Grosse Pointe and Cranbrook. It includes black and white photos and descriptions of hundreds of Detroit area buildings.

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