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Designing Detroit : Wirt Rowland and the rise of modern American architecture

Author: Michael G Smith
Publisher: Detroit, Michigan : Wayne State University Press, [2017] ©2017
Series: Great Lakes books.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the early 1900s, Detroit was leading the nation in architectural innovation and designer Wirt Rowland was at the forefront of this advancement, yet few are even aware of his substantial contribution to the evolution of architectural style. It is widely believed that celebrated local architect Albert Kahn designed many of Detroit's structures, such as the General Motors and First National Bank buildings. In fact,
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Wirt C Rowland; Wirt C Rowland
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael G Smith
ISBN: 9780814339794 0814339794
OCLC Number: 985610164
Description: xii, 498 pages : illustrations (some color), maps, charts, plans ; 26 cm.
Contents: Architectural terms illustrated --
Preface --
Introduction --
Working for "The Dean" --
Back to schools --
The City's top designer --
Columns of stone, columns of words --
New work, new freedoms --
A breakthrough --
Two kings of Griswold Street --
End of the round arch --
Aftershocks --
A great depression --
Church and state --
Acknowledgments --
Apendixes --
Published works by Wirt Rowland --
Essential reading --
Further reading --
Tables --
Selected jobs, 1912-1917: Malcomson and Higginbotham --
Selected jobs, 1910-1922: Albert Kahn, Architects and Engineers --
Selected jobs, 1922-1930: Smith, Hinchman, and Grylls --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Great Lakes books.
Other Titles: Wirt Rowland and the rise of modern American architecture
Responsibility: Michael G. Smith.

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