Rebecca Binno Savage is a writer and preservationist, as well as a board member of the Detroit Area Art Deco Society. Greg Kowalski is a journalist and local historian, and is the editor of the Birmingham Eccentric newspaper. He is the author of Hamtramck: The Driven City and Hamtramck: Soul of a City, both published by Arcadia.
Art Deco in Detroitby Rebecca Binno Savage
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Since the 1920s, Art Deco, or "The Modern Style," has delighted people with its innovative use of materials and designs that capture the spirit of optimism to create the style of the future. Although the Detroit metro area is primarily known as an industrial region, it boasts some of the finest examples of Art Deco in the country. Art Deco in Detroit explores the wide-ranging variety of these architectural marvels, from world-famous structures like the Fisher and Penobscot Buildings, to commercial buildings, theaters, homes, and churches. Through a panorama of photographs, authors Rebecca Binno Savage and Greg Kowalski take readers on a fascinating tour of this influential movement and its manifestations in and around Detroit. The grandeur evident in some of the major buildings reflects a time when artisans and architects collaborated to craft structures that transcend functionality-they endure as standing works of art.
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This beautifully (black & white)illustrated and excellent, easy-to-read narrative should be in the library of anyone who is interested in art deco architecture. Detroit has many art deco treasures.