The author provides a substantially revised and enlarged edition of her 1993 title. This felicitous mix of reference tome and guidebook is essential reading for scholarly and lay audiences interested in Michigan's rich architectural history.
Most of the 644 pages are devoted to individual buildings and other structures dating from the early 19th century to those still under construction. More than 950 informative essays begin with basic data (current and historic names; construction and restoration dates; architects; and addresses) followed by architectural details, significance and historical contexts. The arrangement is by regions, cities and towns, each with useful introductions.
Some 400 photos and maps enhance this carefully researched and well written book. A useful Glossary and a Bibliography of standard and less common resources are included. Especially noteworthy is the detailed Index -- with one major caveat. Many readers will appreciate listings for artworks and sculptures, styles, and numerous structure types from bridges, forts and railroad stations to industrial buildings, places of worship and apartments. However I am puzzled and chagrined that not all building names appear in the Index.
Eckert, an architectural historian and historic preservationist, has omitted some entries from the first edition and has judiciously rewritten or added others. As with the earlier edition (Oxford University Press), this is part of the Society of Architectural Historians' Buildings of the United States series.