Buildings of Michigan, Revised Edition Hardcover – May 14 2012
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"The book provides a helpful link between Michigan's social and economic history and its built form as well as being a wonderful resource for the weekend adventurer."--Michigan Historical Review
"The most comprehensive architectural guide to Michigan ever published....This volume goes boldly where many an architectural guide fails to enter."--Detroit Free Press
"Taken overall, the book...is a grand tour of the state, with more than 400 photographs, and it sends the traveler to a few out-of-the-way spots sometimes not noted on the travel guides....It is fascinating to spot the old buildings, and some of the new ones, that caught your eye on recent travels and you wondered what the history of the place might be. This volume will give you the answer."--Bay City Times
"Some of the best and brightest writers and scholars in the field are behind this series....This looks like a classic series in the making."--The Boston Globe
"It is clear that the series will inform us about our own architectural heritage on a scale never before accomplished. The series is recommended for art and architecture library collections and is also appropriate for general college, university, and public libraries."--Art Documentation
"This volume is comprehensive in its geographic and chronological coverage, with buildings from all corners of the state and time periods covered. Serving as a guidebook for the motoring architectural enthusiast, even remote areas are covered with care....Buildings of Michigan is an exciting introduction to an architecturally interesting state. Written for both academicians and general readers, it succinctly presents a great deal of information."--Academic Library Book Review
"What keeps one dipping [into the books of the Buildings of the United States series]--when far from Iowa and Michigan and the possibility of making proper use of these guides--is not architecture as architecture so much as architecture as a setting for fiction. The stoops, porches, tower rooms, sun decks, office blocks, silos, courthouses, barns and schoolhouses shown here are known to us from novels and, more particularly, movies. These are the Gothic houses burnt-out writers returned to, the town halls corrupt mayors peculated in, the quiet streets terror stalked. They are the subject of Hopper's paintings and provide backgrounds to Norman Rockwell's cover art....From [the building descriptions] you make a portrait of a kind of American town you feel you already know, in which there really are addresses like Chestnut and Main."--London Review of Books
"A valuable undertaking indeed....Judging by the volume on Michigan...the results will be exemplary....The series promises to be everything one could reasonably hope for in an affordable format. Buildings of the United States...is soon destined to be an irreplaceable and authoritative resource for anyone with an interest in American architecture."--Interior Design Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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DETROIT BECAME THE PREMIER AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL CITY in the twentieth century, due mainly to its meteoric rise as the center of automobile production. Read the first page
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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.
"Members (of the Huron Mountain Club in the Upper Peninsula)now include affluent Michigan families like the Fords, Algers, Ferrys, Bentleys, and Angells - many of whom exploited the resources of the wilderness but saved this particular wilderness as sancturary and hideaway for themselves."
The Fords have not been members since the 1930's. The Algers, Ferrys, and Angells have never been members. The Bentleys are members but are not a "Michigan Family" (they're from Chicago). Furthermore their affluence is somewhat open to question
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