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Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America

In every way, this copiously illustrated book pleases and informs. Its editors have understood the mission, perfectly, to make a case for Michigan Modernism, not as a derivative response to ideas imported from elsewhere but as an original expression that "grew from the state's indigenous industries and the populations they served." (Alec Hess, Foreword) The proof comes by way of 28 essays and interviews presented in 4 categories of inquiry. The...

Mid-Michigan Modern

Mid-Michigan Modern: From Frank Lloyd Wright to Googie by Susan Bandes - Hardcover - October 1, 2016 From 1940 to 1970 mid-Michigan had an extensive and varied legacy of modernist architecture. While this book explores buildings by renowned architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Alden B. Dow, and the Keck brothers, the text—based on archival research and oral histories—focuses more heavily on regional architects whose work was strongly influenced by international modern...

Metcalf Modern

This article was initially published in the Ann Arbor observer in April, 2011. Author: Grace Shackman   In the 1960s, U-M Profs sometimes waited years for architect Bob Metcalf to design their homes. Now his mid-century designs are back in fashion. Bob Metcalf, at age eighty-seven, is adding a two-car garage to his house on 1052 Arlington. He already has a one-car garage and isn't currently driving, but he's building it now because he...

20th Century Architecture, Furniture and Finishes

20th Century Architecture, Furniture and Finishes Start date: 03/21/17 Molly Osler teaches this class which is for anyone interested in 20th century architecture and design. It investigates mid-century modern design with an emphasis on historical aspects of domestic surroundings, including an investigation of the Bauhaus School and its influence on 20th and 21st century architecture and interiors. ...

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 modern style. This UMMA Books publication lovingly recreates and summarizes the many photographs, blueprints, and renderings that were on display....

Links

  Here are some links to other modern architecture sites you may enjoy:   Michigan Modern® is a project of the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), a division of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).   Mid-Century Michigan is a project aimed at documenting modern homes in Grand Rapids, Michigan. With a focus on mid-century-modernism, the homes featured on this blog were built between 1940-1975.     West Michigan Modern was launched seven years ago to...

A Review of Albert Kahn: Under Construction

Albert Kahn: Under Construction A Review of the Albert Kahn Building Projects, 1903 – 1943, University of Michigan Museum of Art February 27 to July 3 The north wall on level three at the University of Michigan Museum of Art has become Bentley Historical Library turf in the ongoing collaboration between these two kindred institutions. Albert Kahn: Under Construction, a gathering of documentary photographs generated by Detroit architect Albert Kahn’s building projects around the...

Tale of a House: Architect Priscilla Baxter Neel

IN the fall of 2015 Dr. Mary Ann Hunting of New York City wrote a query to Washtenaw County Historical Society for information on a female architect who had designed the home at 2235 Belmont here in Ann Arbor. The architect’s name was Priscilla Baxter Neel. Dr. Hunting was writing a book on women architects. A graduate of Vanderbilt and CUNY, she had previously done a book about Edward Durrell...

Wells Ira Bennett, Educator and Architect

Wells I. Bennett led the College of Architecture and the University of Michigan as Dean from 1938 to 1957. Arriving at the university in 1912 as Instructor, Bennett rose to leadership through his early interest in low-cost housing and city planning. As a practicing architect in Ann Arbor, Bennett was active after 1921, developing a considerable residential practice mainly with faculty clients. Taking a sabbatical leave in 1932-33 to study schools...

Historic Ann Arbor: An Architectural Guide By Susan Wineberg & Patrick McCauley (update on booksellers)

Update: "Historic Ann Arbor: An Architectural Guide" by Susan Wineberg & Patrick McCauley and published by the Ann Arbor Historical Foundation can be purchased at: Bookbound Downtown Home & Garden Museum on Main Street (Washtenaw County Historical Society) Nicola’s The Mail Shoppe It is a well researched guide to over 350 properties in Ann Arbor. ...