Visitors to Ann Arbor may be surprised that amidst the academic buildings, historic nineteenth century homes and post-war tract housing are some of the finest examples of Mid-Century Modern architecture in the Midwest. The Modernist movement was able to grow and develop in this region because Ann Arbor was, and still is, an open, diverse community that fosters an atmosphere ideal for creative expression and experimentation. The University of Michigan provided access to the advancements in engineering and building materials, as well as many of the forward-thinking architects, needed to create these new works.
a2modern supports, sponsors and hosts a variety of tours, open houses, lectures and other activities that promote appreciation of mid century modern architecture. You will find a relaxed and informative atmosphere at these events, among neighbors and enthusiasts from a variety of backgrounds, so check out what is coming soon.
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Due to the large number of midcentury modern homes in Ann Arbor it is a great city for touring by car, by bicycle, or on foot. Use our interactive map to help you look around, or to find out more about some of the most iconic buildings. We have already mapped the Arbor Hills area and are working on Barton Hills. If you have information about a midcentury modern home in your neighborhood that really should be on our map, please send us an email or submit your information here.
In June 2010, a group first met in Ann Arbor called a2modern. These homeowners, architects and enthusiasts joined together with the goal to raise the awareness of and appreciation for mid-century architecture and design. Through its activities, a2modern celebrates the accomplishments of the architects, designers, builders and homeowners in Ann Arbor. Efforts began by exploring the legacy of modern architects such as George B. Brigham and Robert Metcalf but, quickly expanded to other familiar names such as David Osler and James Livingston. Please click here to join our mailing list.