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Structures of Creative Space

Alden B. Dow House The Alden B. Dow House
- Midland, MI 48640
- Built: 1936

Enjoy the serenity of organic architecture as you sit in the floating conference room sunken 18” below the pond surface giving a “one with nature” awareness. Discover hidden spaces and passage ways… Alden B. Dow was a man of his time, but created realities in architecture of the future. By designing structures that reflected the way we truly live as humans, he created spaces that not only nurture and comfort us, but also awaken our minds and help us to develop our own individual creativity…


Traverse City State Hospital Traverse City State Hospital
- Gordon W. Lloyd
- Traverse City, MI
- 1881

Traverse City State Hospital was established in 1881 as the state’s third psychiatric hospital. Architect Gordon W. Lloyd constructed the first building, known as Building 50, in Victorian-Italianate style. Hospital superintendent Dr. James Decker Munson was a firm believer in the "beauty is therapy" philosophy. Patients were treated through kindness, comfort, pleasure, and beautiful flowers provided year-round by the hospital's own greenhouses and the variety of trees planted on the grounds. Currently named The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, this 63-acre site is home to residential and commercial rentals, shopping and restaurants, as well as a site for events and attractions, while undergoing one of the largest historic preservation and adaptive reuse renovations in the country.


Automotive Service Center Mac's Super Service Station
- Architect Unknown
- Traverse City
- ca. 1935

An example of beautiful art deco architecture, probably built sometime around 1935 and still fully operational as an Automotive Service Center. Located on the corner of Union and East 8th Streets, Traverse City, MI


Fisher BuildingFisher Building
- Albert Kahn
- 3011 W. Grand Blvd. at Second Avenue, Detoit, MI
- 1928

The Fisher Building designed by Albert Kahn is located at 3011 W. Grand Blvd. at Second Avenue in Detoit's New Center area.  This 30-floor Art Deco office building opened in 1928 and is home to the beautiful Fisher Theatre.  It is one of Detroit's architectural gems and houses fine examples of marble, mosaics, painted ceilings and brass and bronze.  Many consider it Detroit's largest art object. 


FCA US LLC Headquarters and Technology Center

FCA US LLC Headquarters and Technology Center
- CRSS Architects designed the FCA US Technology Center
- SmithGroup designed the attached contemporary FCA US Headquarters
- Auburn Hills, Michigan
- 1993

The suburb of Auburn Hills is home to the 15-story FCA Headquarters and Technology Center with its 5,300,000 sq ft on 504 acres . CRSS Architects designed the FCA US Technology Center (1993) in a cross-axial formation where its elongated atrium topped concourses converge with an octagonal radiant skylight at its center. The SmithGroup designed the attached contemporary FCA US Headquarters (1996) tower in golden glass crowned with the pentastar emblem.


Belle Isle ConservatoryBelle Isle Conservatory
- Albert Kahn
- Belle Isle, Detroit
- 1904

Operated by the Belle Isle Conservancy, the Belle Isle Conservatory (also known as the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory) features many exotic and tropical trees and plants, indoors, as well as a lily pond and perennial gardens, outdoors. The Belle Isle Conservatory is currently the oldest continually running conservatory in the United States and is open to the public free of charge, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm.


Know Advertising Building

Know Advertising Building
- Minoru Yamasaki
- 422 W. Eleven Mile Road., Royal Oak, Michigan 48067
- 1955 (Built as Land's Pharmacy)

15 years before designing the World Trade Center in New York city, Minoru Yamasaki designed an innovative building on a challenging, triangular piece of land in Royal Oak. To compensate for minimal on-site parking, Yamasaki created the first drive-through pharmacy in the city.

A brief video offers more insight in the building.

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