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Buildings Jim Tottis

Lecture Only Tickets are Available at the Door 8:PM Speaker: James W. Tottis

Curator, Museum of the City of New York

Chair for the evening is: John Sotir

Join architectural historian, James W. Tottis as he traces the meteoric rise of the American vertical style (the skyscraper) in Detroit; from its nascent phase in 1890 with Harry Edbrooke’s Hammond Building to the sudden and abrupt halt of construction in 1930 with Donaldson and Meier’s David Stott Building.  During this time, Detroit was a global leader, behind New York and Chicago, in the growth and development of the American vertical style.  Nationally recognized architects, like Daniel Burnham, and local talents, including Wirt Rowland, contributed to the creation of the Detroit skyline.  This legacy, still mostly intact, documents Detroit’s place as a national leader in pre-World War II skyscrapers.  The exploration will virtually wind through the streets and into the very structures that graced the city during early years of the skyscraper – arguably America’s greatest contribution to architecture.

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Dinner & Lecture Series Fee
Members $50 per lecture
Non-Members $65 per lecture
Cocktails Dinner Lecture
6:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M. 8:00 P.M.
Gallery Lounge Gallery


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