Now Reading
The Architectural Wonder of Detroit

The Architectural Wonder of Detroit

by Khirol HazwanDecember 1, 2016

Various architectural design services in the Philippines and those found across the world aim to build and create various infrastructural projects that will be recognized by important organizations like UNESCO. A number of them are looking to join the ranks of Detroit City in Michigan, USA.

Back in December 2015, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network has named the city as the City of Design because of the various architectural marvels you can see in it. It has a diverse collection of significant private residences, industrial buildings, and skyscrapers that was built in the 19th and 20th century. However, the most notable structures in the city are following.


  1. Russell Industrial Center (RIC)

The RIC was constructed by Albert Kahm Associates back in the year 1925. This building was originally built to cater to the automotive industry. However, it has been revived to become an arts complex instead. Today, it is home to about 140 arts studios – the largest arts hub in the Midwest. It also contains an exhibition center where blockbuster films like “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” was made.

  1. The Renaissance Center

The Renaissance Center is one of the most iconic skyscrapers you can found in Detroit. John Portman & Associates completed the entire structure in 1981. It reflects the postmodernism movement that was largely present at that time, which is why it was made to look like a daunting insular fortress. It also used to host the highest restaurant you can find in the western hemisphere.

  1. The Guardian Building

The Guardian Building has been named as a National Historic Landmark for being a “Cathedral of Finance.” Its design showcases both Art Deco and Mayan Revival styles. Its exterior features orange brickwork which made use of various materials like terra cotta, limestone, and tile. The colourful Native American-themed mosaic found in its interior is made out of Rookwood and Pewabic tiles. This building was finished in 1929 by Wirt C. Rowland for Smith, Hinchman, and Grylls.

  1. The Masonic Temple

The Masonic Temple is a 14-storey neo-Gothic temple considered to be the largest one of its kind that you can find in the world. It has become home to different events like the yearly Theatre Bizarre and Marche du Nain Rouge. Theatre Bizarre has billed itself as the best Halloween costume party you can find in the USA. Marche du Nain Rouge, on the other hand, is a Detroit parade meant to drive away the evil red goblin from the city during springtime.

  1. The Detroit Institute of Arts

The Detroit Institute of Arts is being considered to be one of the most-frequented museums in the entire globe. It has more than 100 galleries where people can see the artworks produced by Diego Rivera such as the “Man and the Machine” and the “Detroit Industry.”

The museum was built by Paul Philippe Cret and designed it according to the style of Beaux-Arts neoclassical Italian Renaissance. It hosts the largest and most significant art collections in the USA.

Detroit is truly a wonderful place. Experience all of these architectural marvels by visiting the city!

About the Author:


Justin is a digital marketing specialist for SEO in the Philippines. He loves staring at large amounts of data while trying to figure out what to do with it. He attempts to write about different topics and blog during his free time while watching anime and TV series. The internet is his playground while the world is his bedroom. He’s still trying to figure out what to do with data


Leave a Reply