Architect Minoru Yamasaki’s work to be restored at Wayne State University
by John Gallager, from the Detroit Free Press:
“One of Detroit’s most significant works by famed architect Minoru Yamasaki will be restored thanks to a $1.8-million project beginning next month.
The work will restore the pools of water and surrounding sculpture garden at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center at Wayne State University.
The jewel-like McGregor Center has long been considered by many to be among the finest buildings designed by Yamasaki, the Detroit-based architect best known for designing the World Trade Center towers in New York City. Yamasaki died in 1986.
The McGregor Center was built in 1958. The pools remained filled with water until the early ’80s, when leaks and other functional problems led Wayne State to drain them. The pools have remained empty and something of an eyesore ever since.
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