Michigan doesn’t get nearly the regard it should for its contributions to modernist architecture. But a recently released book on Michigan’s illustrious history of design makes a compelling case.
We asked one of the book’s editors to list his favorite modern buildings in Metro Detroit.
As a state historic preservation officer, every day I espouse Michigan’s importance in the world of design. Our state has made enormous contributions in this arena, from architecture to automobiles to furniture to boats, as well as our important design education institutions.
So when I was asked to identify my five favorite modern building in metro Detroit, I was confronted with a nearly impossible task. Metro Detroit is so rich in modernist architecture, it’s difficult to recognize just a few.