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This Day in Detroit Architectural History
The last Michigan State Fair was held in 2010. Earlier this year, the Surburban Collection Showplace announced that they would be hosting the 2012 Great Lakes State Fair on Labor Day weekend restoring the 160 year tradition of the Michigan State Fair. It won’t...read more
Lafayette Towers has fallen into foreclosure and will be auctioned off by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on July 18th. Per the auction notice, significant repair work is required within 18 months of closing. The Northern Group,...read more
The Michigan Architectural Foundation has officially launched their new website which is aimed at increasing public appreciation of architecture. The site contains information on local events, educational resources, scholarship and grant information, and more. From...read more
The 22nd Annual AIA Michigan Design Retreat will be held on September 16 – 18, 2011 at Camp Hayo-Went-Ha located on Torch Lake. The following projects are scheduled to be presented: ArtPrize: the prize within Cadillac Retail Store Prototype Grand Rapids Civic...read more
Visit Detroit’s only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home – The Turkel House. The Art Deco Society of Detroit is hosting a fundraiser on July 23rd, 2011 at The Turkel House. The Turkel house was built in 1955 and is Detroit’s only example of Frank Lloyd...read more
Popular Articles this Past Year
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