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AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture Paperback – November 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0814331200 ISBN-10: 0814331203

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814331203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814331200
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Detroit possesses an architectural heritage that is under-appreciated, even unknown, locally and nationally. The stock of pre-World War II high-rise buildings, for instance, is probably the fourth finest in the country, and is the downtown's greatest asset as it redevelops. This comprehensive, carefully-crafted guide will increase appreciation of Detroit's architecture from high to low, from cherished to forgotten, and from quotidian to exotic."

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A beautifully designed resource that takes readers on a tour of greater Detroit's many architectural wonders and special landmarks.

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Thoroughly researched, this book is a must have.
Robert Collarini
Simple maps, introductory essays and architect biographies round out this benchmark entry in the AIA-sponsored series.
Jon L. Albee
I consider it up with the AIA guide to Houston and the guide to New York as the best of these wonderful guides.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jon L. Albee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 8, 2008
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Let me share a quick anecdote. The last time I was in Detroit was in 1991. What I saw there so depressed me that I wrote the city off as an urban-industrial wasteland, a veritable dystopia. A few years ago I moved to Houston. While Houston certainly isn't a pretty city, I've always told myself, "Well, at least it's not as bad as Detroit."

This guide proved me wrong on both points: Detroit is a treasure-trove of marvelous 19th and early-20th century American urban architecture (albeit, much in disrepair). And while far more prosperous, Houston is, in fact, a very unattractive large American city, save the few remaining structures (perhaps a dozen) by Staub, Watkin, Cram and Finn. Sorry to irritate all my Houstonian friends, but it's true.

Architectural historians love Detroit, and there's a reason: Here is a major American city, "preserved in poverty" from the early 20th century. And here is a book that brings its great monuments to you. The catalog of beautiful historic churches and cathedrals ALONE is worth the price of the book. Then there are the old skyscrapers and the public buildings (such as the Art Institute). Written in standard AIA format with about 400 exceptionally well-chosen entries, this book will feel familiar to all architecture lovers who've ventured into buying one (or many) of these expensive guides. You're collection is incomplete without this one, if only for the fact that it documents one of the most important and impressive collections of American urban architecture in existence. Many of the most important architects of the late 19th and early 20th centuries worked in Detroit, and most of their work remains.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2004
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This book covers virtually every building of note within the city limits, and many in the suburbs as well. Each building is photographed and its history and usage are described. The author is willing to criticize where he sees fit. An excellent read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Collarini on April 9, 2003
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Thoroughly researched, this book is a must have. Patterned after the W. Hawkins Ferry book I had decades ago as a student, this book updates and adds significant content about the rich architectural history of Detroit.
The writeups are informative from both a building and historical context. I loved the descriptions, such as from the Guardian Building (my favorite), "a lightning bolt of spirited inventiveness".
Take this book with you as you stroll downtown and you'll find new treasures, like the Water Department building.
Excellent!
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