Field Trip

Hey, when was the last time you went on a field trip? Remember when we were, like, in the sixth grade? Pile in a bus and go to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn or the Zoo in Royal Oak?

Well, now you’re all grown up and you can still take the ride. Where? The Detroit Public Library. Every Saturday from now till’ November 18th you can visit the Adam Strohm Hall on the library’s third floor,

Why? Because there is a magnificent gallery being displayed there called the “American City: Detroit Architecture 1845 – 2005 – A Photographic Tribute to 160 years of Great Architecture.”
This is a rare chance to view all the landmark buildings in the D’ under one roof. Gilbert, Mies van der Robe, Standord White, Albert Kahn and, of course, Minoru Yamazaki who designed One Woodward. Who was he? Next time you are at Woodward and Jeff’ take a look at this bulding and think why does it look so familiar.

This gallery is the work of Chicagoans Robert Sharooff and William Zharen, a writer and photographer who, upon visiting downtown, where blown away by the city’s “unexpectied treasures.” Their book, by the same name, was published last year by Wayne State.

Little known fact. . .Detroit has buildings that other cities would die for. Genuine skyscrapers erected in the 1920’s and 30’s, they are a constant reminder of just how great this City once was and still is.

Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward Ave.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 18th.
313-833-1000

2 Comments so far

  1. Tom (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2006 @ 7:58 am

    I live right next door to the DPL and walked over there on Saturday. Actually, I wasn’t that impressed with this display, especially since all of the buildings photographed still stand. I think it would have been better if they showed photos of architectural gems that are no longer around (like the old Arts & Crafts School, most of Brush Park, Hudsons, Crowleys, Studebaker, etc)

    If you want to see good Yamasaki, don’t go to the DPL, walk across the street to WSU (or CCS) and see it firsthand. Literally, 150 feet across the street is one of the Yamasaki buildings photographed.

    Maybe I’m jaded because I see these buildings everyday though.


  2. Mollika* (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2006 @ 5:36 pm

    The book was published to show people the Detroit that is up and running. There have been many books published about abandoned Detroit and the Press wanted to show people the gems that we still have in use today, with the exception of the train station. If you are lucky enough to be able to find a copy of Hawkins’ “Buildings of Detroit” you will see the most amazing collection of images of old Detroit. I do agree with Tom however that this display is not as captivating as one of the Detroit we don’t see everyday, but this exhibition is a traveling one and hopefully it will open others’ eyes to what our city has to offer.



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