AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture

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Wayne State University Press, 2003 - Architecture - 359 pages
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A beautifully designed resource that takes readers on a tour of greater Detroit's many architectural wonders and special landmarks. 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. The 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 guide to 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 Detroit'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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User Review  - Dan - Goodreads

Readable yet scholarly, AIADetroit is an excellent overview of the Motor City's cultural patrimony. It is slightly out-of-date: I've stayed at the renovated Fort Shelby hotel listed as endangered (yay!); Tiger Stadium, also listed as endangered, was demolished in 2008-9 (boo!). Read full review

Review: AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture

User Review  - May - Goodreads

I LOVED this book. I found gorgeous areas of Detroit I never knew existed and learned more about buildings I'd admired for years. For those of you who think of Detroit as a wasteland, buy this book ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Downtown
10
Midlown
106
North
166
West
214
East
226
Special Environments
286
Timeline of Architects
338
Bibliography
348
Index to Architects
356
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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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