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Michigan Modernist Buildings

McGregor Conference Center, Wayne State University, Detroit, Minoru Yamasaki, 1958

Southeast Michigan

After World War II, The Cranbrook Academy of Arts became a center for American Modernism. A strong design aesthetic related to the automobile industry, West Michigan’s furniture industry, and architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright were already in place, and these served to attract national attention and internationally renowned Modern architects. This project will identify 100 Modern buildings in Michigan and link them together in an accessible format appealing to tourists. Since its inception the project has already raised awareness of the importance of the state’s Modern resources. Wayne State University has listed the McGregor Conference Center designed by Minoru Yamasaki in the National Register of Historic Places and is restoring the center’s reflecting pools. The university has also applied for a Certified Local Government grant to conduct a conditions assessment for the pools at DeRoy Auditorium. This project boost the image and economy of Detroit and Southeast Michigan.

Photo: McGregor Conference Center, Wayne State University, Detroit, Minoru Yamasaki, 1958
– Michigan State Historic Preservation Office

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