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Property Name Yamasaki, Minoru and Teruko (Hirashiki), House
Reference Number 13000905
State Michigan
County Oakland
Town Bloomfield Township
Street Address 3717 Lakecrest Drive
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/11/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture
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The Minoru and Teruko (Hirashiki) Yamasaki House is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion B at the national level of significance for its direct association with nationally and internationally known architect Minoru Yamasaki. Yamasaki designed the house for his own and his family's residence. Built in 1972 at the peak of Yamasaki's career, it was his residence from 1972 until his death in 1986. The Yamasaki House is also significant under Criterion C as a notable example of Mid-Century Modern residential architecture in the Michigan context. Constructed of a simple geometric form, the house features an open floor plan, minimal ornamentation, and large expanses of glass to allow for natural light. The interior reflects Yamasaki's desire for living space that imparted a sense of peace upon its inhabitants. After coming to Michigan, Yamasaki established himself as an internationally renowned architect, and developed three successful practices. Though known popularly as the architect of the World Trade Center in New York, Yamasaki designed many notable and acclaimed buildings both nationally and internationally. He received numerous awards and honorary degrees, and his work has been widely exhibited. Yamasaki also holds the distinction of being one of a select few architects to grace the cover of Time magazine, appearing in the January 18, 1963, issue. The Yamasaki House possesses exceptional significance, meeting national register criteria exception G, in that it was designed by an architect of international repute, then at the height of his career, as his personal residence.


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