This revised edition of "Buildings of Michigan" (first published
in 1993) presents the architecture of the Upper and Lower
peninsulas of Michigan, which are surrounded by four of the Great
Lakes. From the Greek, Gothic, Italianate, Queen Anne, and
Richardsonian Romanesque structures of the nineteenth century to
the international, renowned modern buildings of the mid-twentieth
century and the green and sustainable buildings of the twenty-first
century, this book explores Michigan's history and covers the full
spectrum of high-style and vernacular architecture and the building
materials particular to the state.
Surveying the architecture of Detroit and many other cities and
villages, this volume examines such structures as early inns and
houses along the Sauk Trail, the mine locations of the Copper and
Iron ranges, the sandstone architecture of the Lake Superior
region, the concrete buildings of Alpena, lighthouses and
lifesaving stations of the Upper Great Lakes, the state's numerous
bridges, the great houses of automobile industrialists in Grosse
Pointe, the factories of Albert Kahn, the mid-twentieth-century
buildings of Alden B. Dow and Minoru Yamasaki, and contributions of
numerous local architects who have added to Michigan's
This new edition introduces buildings from the recent past and
the present; discusses broad, sweeping cultural landscapes,
historical parks, greenways, and linear parks; and showcases
triumphs in historic preservation. As Detroit transforms itself
from a city with a declining population and without the economic
stability of the automobile industry, the book looks at how the
city is reinventing itself. (Examples include Midtown, where the
huge medical, academic, and cultural centers spark residential and
retail development; the Detroit riverfront, which connects to open
land converted to gardens, parks, and greenways; the viable
close-in historic Woodbridge and Corktown neighborhoods, where
residents have stayed; and Ford Field, Comerica Park, and the
downtown theaters and casinos that entertain visitors.) Linkages of
buildings by geography and theme receive attention. Heritage areas,
river corridors, and highway routes arrange buildings and natural
areas into comprehensible groups, and over 400
illustrations--including photographs, maps, and drawings--enhance
the more than 950 entries.
A volume in the Buildings of the United States series of the
Society of Architectural Historians
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