Designing Detroit – Launch Party + Book Signing & Guardian Tour

Join us at Pure Detroit in the beautiful Guardian Building as we welcome Michael G. Smith, architecture historian and author of the new book: “Designing Detroit: Wirt Rowland and the Rise of Modern American Architecture.”

Michael G. Smith is a Detroit-area architecture historian with an interest in early twentieth-century building and construction. His lifelong enthusiasm for the fine arts led to an early career as a graphic artist and, more recently, his photography work has been published internationally.

The event will begin with a speaking engagement with Michael G. Smith, followed by a tour of the Guardian building where you will have access to stunning views from the 32nd floor and other great parts of the building.

The new book: “Designing Detroit: Wirt Rowland and the Rise of Modern American Architecture,” will be available for purchase, and Michael G. Smith will be available for book signings as well.

The event will start promptly at 1:30pm and should take about 2 hours including the guided tour.

Street parking is available. Since this is a Sunday, metered spots are free. No need to pay the meter. Paid secured lots are also available in the downtown area.

The Guardian Building is located at 500 Griswold, Detroit, MI 48226

This event is co-sponsored by our friends at Wayne State University Press, a distinctive urban publisher committed to supporting its parent institution’s core research, teaching, and service mission by generating high quality scholarly and general interest works of global importance. Through its publishing program, the Press disseminates research, advances education, and serves the local community while expanding the international reputation of the Press and the University.



Apr 23 2017


Pure Detroit
3011 W Grand Blvd, #101, Detroit, MI 48202, USA

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