Art Deco in Detroit

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Arcadia Publishing, 2004 - History - 128 pages
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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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About the author (2004)

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.

Author Greg Kowalski, a longtime resident and chairman of the Hamtramck Historical Commission, has crafted a highly readable and highly visual account of Hamtramck's unique history that captures the courage and energy, the drama and humor of this extraordinary community. Both natives and visitors alike will agree that Hamtramck: The Driven City provides fitting testimony to this city's legacies of pride, patriotism, and perseverance.