GM Renaissance Center

Conceived by Henry Ford II and financed primarily by the Ford Motor Company, the Renaissance Center became the world’s largest private development with an anticipated 1971 cost of $500 million. In part, civic leaders intended this ambitious urban renewal project...

A. Alfred Taubman Student Services Building

The building is a geometric response to the Buell Building to which it is attached. The large curved glass atrium reinforces the west edge of the university’s new quadrangles as well as acting as the public image of the university. The building incorporates a...

Sheraton Detroit Riverside Hotel

Formerly known as the Pontchartrain Hotel, this building sits on the site occupied by the first permanent French settlement in Detroit, Fort Pontchartrain. Uniquely shaped, each faceted face offers views of both the river and the city from each room. The hotel was...

One Woodward Avenue

Formerly known as the Michigan Consolidated Gas Company, this modern building draws upon similar work by Mies van der Rohe who also influenced 211 West Fort Street. The lightness of the structure is emphasized by the three-story lobby. One Woodward Detroit is known...

Chase Tower

Like most bank buildings, the currently named Chase Tower has also been known as the The National Bank of Detroit and Bank One Building. The building occupies to former site of the oddly shaped ten-story Hammond Building, which was the first skyscraper in Detroit to...

Ford Auditorium

Built as the new home for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Ford Auditorium was placed according to Saarinen’s original Civic Center plan.  This very simple structure did little to disguise its primary function. Poor acoustics eventually led to the return of the DSO...