TOUR DAY 2011: Michigan Tours


Island Park

Photo: Island Park Shelter, Robert C. Metcalf, architect (1962) rendering by Gordy Rogers

Image courtesy of Amanda Murray, Wicked Delicate Films.


Tour Growing Up Modern
  Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Date/Time Sunday October 9, 2011 at 4pm
Mid-century Michigan enjoyed both a baby boom and a building boom. New homes for modern families distinguished Ann Arbor, among other places, where architects designed entire neighborhoods of distinctive, modernist residences. Thanks to the generosity of several of those prominent architects, many of the homes are now documented through a rich collection of original architectural drawings and photographs at the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library. Come join us for a fun and informative afternoon featuring Ann Arbor native Peter Osler (Director of the Program of Landscape Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology) as he recalls “Growing Up Modern.” The program includes a panel discussion and viewing of original architectural archives. Event will be hosted at the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan. 1150 Beal Avenue Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  Free to the Public
  Event Partner: Bentley Library






Tour Detroit Modern: Lafayette Park/Elmwood Park Bike Tour
  Detroit, MI
  Michigan Modern
Date/Time Saturday and Sunday October 8-9, 2011
Conceived in 1946 as the Gratiot Redevelopment Project, Lafayette Park was Detroit’s first residential urban renewal project. The nation’s pioneering effort under the Housing Act of 1949; it was the first phase of a larger housing redevelopment plan for Detroit. Construction began at the 129-acre site in 1956.
The site plan for Lafayette Park was developed through a collaborative effort among Herbert Greenwald, developer; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, architect; Ludwig Hilberseimer, city planner; and Alfred Caldwell, landscape architect. Greenwald had a vision of creating a modern urban neighborhood with the amenities of a suburb. Progress on Lafayette Park came to an abrupt halt when Greenwald died in a plane crash in 1959. Mies van de Rohe’s association with the project ended and the remaining undeveloped lots were eventually sold and the buildings completed by other architects.
Elmwood Park is a 504-acre urban renewal area east of Lafayette Park and the Grand Trunk Western Rail- road (now the Dequindre Cut, a pedestrian and bike path). It was Detroit’s second major urban renewal project. It was developed in three phases but planned simultaneously to ensure continuity in architecture and design. Crane & Gorwic, Inc., Detroit-based urban planners, and Johnson, Johnson & Roy, landscape architects from Ann Arbor, led the design team. Today, Elmwood and Lafayette Parks form an attractive place to live for 11,500 residents.
Tour begins at the Gratiot Avenue entrance to the Dequindre Cut and ends with a ride heading north on the Dequindre Cut from East Lafayette Street. Self-guided bike tour, map, building listings and description available online here
  Free to the public.
  Michigan State Historic Preservation Office 



Detroit's Big Crush


Tour Detroit's BIG CRUSH
  Detroit, MI
  Detroit Area Art Deco Society
Date/Time Saturday, October 8, 2011 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Join the Detroit Area Art Deco Society (DAADS) for a free guided walking tour of downtown Detroit and a post Wine stroll at 14 Detroit venues. The wine stroll will highlight several architecturally significant buildings, with art and select wines paired at each venue. While the wine stroll is a paid event, the walking tour is free and open to the public and no registration is required.
Building locations in the Campus Martius and the Financial District will include:

1001 Woodward/First Federal Building (Smith, Hinchman & Grylls,1963)
Chase Tower (Albert Kahn Associates, 1959)
One Woodward Avenue/Michigan Consolidated Gas Building (Minoru Yamasaki, 1962)
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago- Detroit Branch Annex (Minoru Yamasaki, 1951)

The stroll will include venues in many art deco buildings such as the Guardian Building and David Stott Building.

Registration Reservations are not needed for the walking tour.
  Tickets for the wine tour and Detroit's Big Crush are $30.00 / $40.00 at the door.
  For tickets click here.
  Proceeds from this event benefit the Detroit Area Art Deco Society's scholarship program.  The Detroit Area Art Deco Society is a Michigan not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. 






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