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Three Michigan Architects

Three Michigan Architects: Brigham, Metcalf, and Osler by Joseph Rosa and Nancy Bartlett In 2014 the University of Michigan Museum of Art, as part of their U-M Collections Collaborations series, held a number of exhibition showing the work of three very talented Ann Arbor architects who helped define the mid-century...

Robert C. Metcalf Obituary

We were deeply saddened to learn that Robert C. Metcalf passed away on January 3, 2017 at the age of 93. It is impossible for us to overstate Bob’s contributions to Ann Arbor’s rich heritage and collection of mid-century modern architecture and to A2Modern. In addition...

Free Metcalf Open House

An open house will be held on Sunday, November 6 from 4-6:00 PM. Realtor Anne Gilbert has invited friends of a2modern to an exclusive open house in this gorgeous Bob Metcalf home at 3965 Penberton, which she has just listed. It is an example of Metcalf’s...

Techbuilt Open House

An open house will be held on Sunday, October 2 at 1 PM, 2 PM, and 3 PM. Techbuilt homes are considered the best of the many prefab houses that were developed to help solve the post- WWII home shortage.  Created by Boston area architect Carl...

Ann Arbor Hills Walking Tour

On September 4th at 2:00 PM Grace Shackman will lead a walking tour in an area filled with Mid-Century-Modern gems, including houses by Metcalf, Osler, Brigham, Johe,  Muschenheim, Olencki and Albano.  Meet at Heatherway just south of Devonshire. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at...

Law Library Tour

On August 21st at 2 PM there will be a rare chance to see the University of Michigan Law School addition. Almost entirely underground, yet light and airy, Gunnar Birkert’s 1981 law library addition is an amazing feat.   The law school desperately needed more space for...

Modern Cuba Encore

Back, by popular demand -   Modern Cuba:  Slideshow by Howard Shapiro May 7, 3-5 PM:  Slide show starts promptly at 3:30 PM Cost: $15: Proceeds will go toward upgrading our website.   Last October Howard participated in a do.co.mo.mo-US sponsored tour "Modern Cuba." The architecture of Havana from the colonial...

Modern Cuba

Modern Cuba:  Slideshow by Howard Shapiro in his 1965 Alden Dow house, 7 Regent Drive April 16, 2-5 p.m.:  Slides at 3 with tours of the house before and after. Cost: $20: Proceeds will go toward upgrading our website.   Last October Howard participated in a do.co.mo.mo-US sponsored tour...