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Michigan State Fair is Back!

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on July 8th, 2012

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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 have the same prominent architecture as the previous fair location, but kudos to the group for taking this on!

Do you think the Great Lakes State Fair will last?


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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, who purchased the tower in 2005, also failed to develop their proposed Cadillac Center in downtown Detroit adjacent to Campus Martius.

Lafayette Towers is one part of Lafayette Park on Detroit’s east side that was designed by noted International Style architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

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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 their website:

The Michigan Architectural Foundation was founded in 1957 by the Michigan Society of Architects (now AIA Michigan) – it is one of the oldest architectural foundations in the United States!  Its mission is “to increase public appreciation of how architecture enriches life.”  And the new website offers all sorts of ways to explore that!

Browse through the online collection of Great Architecture in Michigan to discover the architectural treasures in the state – from train stations to the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island.  If you see a photo you like, click to purchase it!   Or, share some architectural treasures that you have found!  The website has an upload link that lets you share photos of your favorite Michigan architectural treasures.

The website contains a huge amount of information –  lecture series offered by local universities, summer camps and educational tools for K – 12 grade, including scholarships for college!

Visit to learn more.

2011 AIA Michigan Design Retreat

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on August 12th, 2011

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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 Theater,  Renovation, Expansion
Houseal Lavigne Associates
Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium
Laketown Township Residence
Packard House
Peckham, Inc. Green House
Restoration & Rehabilitation of the William W. Cook Legal Research Library
Trenton South Engine Plant
United Way Detroit Headquarters Relocation
University Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Renovations

You can read more and register via the information flyer.

Your Chance to see The Turkel House

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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 Wright’s Usonian Automatic style architecture and is the only example of a […]

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Quicken Buys Chase Tower

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Quicken Loans has completed their purchase of the Chase Tower and nearby parking deck Two Detroit Center. This announcement puts them right in the middle of Detroit’s Financial District and will reinforce the already popular Campus Martius area. Quicken Loans plans to completely remodel the first floor into a pedestrian-friendly retail space.

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Cobo Hall Renovation Announced

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Plans were recently unveiled for a $221 million facelift for Cobo Hall. Cobo Hall hasn’t been renovated since the late 1980’s since it was constructed in 1960.  This marks the first major renovation since a regional authority took over control from the City of Detroit in 2009. Construction work will begin in July 2011 and […]

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Spirit of Detroit Photographic Competition

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WAN Think Tank and Buro Happold recently held on online photographic competition.  The competition is over but the Facebook page continues to live on for everyone to upload their photos capturing the Spirit of Detroit. Congratulations to the winners, Shawn Lee, Jon DeBoer, and Natasha Lofthouse! View the winning photographs [via] Original Competition Article […]

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David Whitney Building

This past week another building renovation project was announced:  The David Whitney Building. This architectural gem sits at the north end of Washington Boulevard on the Grand Circus Park.  It was designed by Daniel Burnham and featured an elegant 4-story atrium at its core. The project includes restoration of the original classical ornamentation that was […]

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Michigan State Fair

Almost a year ago, I visited the Michigan State Fair for what was to be its last season.  The Michigan State Fair was the longest running in the United States spanning over 160 years, surviving the depression, until budget cuts forced its closure in 2010. I took a few pictures, but nowhere near enough to […]

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