In addition to the World Trade Center, Minoru Yamasaki designed several notable local buildings such as One Woodward Avenue (formerly the Michigan Consolidated Gas Company) , several buildings at Wayne State University (including The McGregor Memorial Conference Center), Columbia Center, and the Quo Vadis theater. The firm continued to operate after Yamasaki died in 1986.
Apparently, things started going downhill when the firm was bought in 2007. Yamasaki Associates, located in Troy, Michigan, closed it’s doors at the end of 2009 deeply in debt and facing many legal disputes.
Oakland County quickly took control of the firm’s archives and gave the order to shred them for security reasons.
That order alarmed many in the preservation world, including Pauline Saliga, executive director of the Society of Architectural Historians in Chicago, who called Michigan’s State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Conway, who in turn alerted State Archivist Mark Harvey that the papers were to be destroyed the following morning. The Michigan History Foundation supplied a moving van and two movers, and Harvey and other preservationists arrived early and spent the day assessing and packing the available materials.
Thank you to everyone who had the common sense and the means to intervene and save these documents so they could be appropiately archived!