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American City: Detroit Architecture, 1845-2005

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Detroit's architecture reflects Detroit's role in the early years of the twentieth century as the country's leading industrial center, the place where, with the rise of the automobile industry, the future was happening. The metropolitan Detroit area was also home to some of the largest private fortunes assembled in the modern age. All of this is visible in the cutting-edge ...more
Hardcover, 121 pages
Published October 18th 2005 by Wayne State University Press
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A wonderful, succinctly detailed account of significant architecture in Detroit. While largely concentrated on the structures in the City's downtown core - home to the country's largest collection of Art Deco skyscrapers - it's all the better that the authors elevate buildings and structures across the city. Fantastic photography and historical perspective throughout. For enthusiasts of Detroit and architecture alike.
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An excellent overview of Detroit's world-class architectural patrimony. Sharoff and Zbaren focus on functional commercial and civic buildings and monuments (other than an obligatory nod to Michigan Central Station, there's no 'ruin porn' here). The book begins with a nice contextual essay, and fifty structures are profiled. A must-have for Detroit and/or architecture enthusiasts.
Dec 06, 2008 Stacey rated it really liked it
I had no idea Detroit was filled with such amazing buildings. Too bad the city does not offer tours like they do in Chicago and NY showcasing these buildings.
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