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Designing Detroit: Wirt Rowland and the Rise of Modern American Architecture

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In the early 1900s, Detroit was leading the nation in architectural innovation and designer Wirt Rowland was at the forefront of this advancement, yet few are even aware of his substantial contribution to the evolution of architectural style. During the early twentieth century, Rowland devised a wholly new or "modern" design for buildings, one not reliant on decorative elements copied from architecture of the past. As buildings became more specialized for their intended use, Rowland met the challenge with entirely new design methodologies and a number of improved technologies and materials that subsequently became commonplace.

Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • 496 Pages
  • English
  • Published by: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication Date: April 17, 2017
  • Dimensions: 8" x 1.38" x 10"
  • ISBN-10: 0692911340