While still only arrived in Detroit for a few hours and driving up Woodward Avenue, I spotted this gigantic massing of buildings off in the distance where the grand thoroughfare begins to rise up into the highlands. Basically, with the exception of the parking garage, the entire ensemble is the work of Albert Kahn. I didn’t get any good pictures of it, really, but that brown building in front is the 1928 Argonaut Building, formerly General Motors’ design department.
That leviathan of a building, with eight projecting wings sitting on a pedestal, is the former headquarters of the General Motors Corporation, also designed by Kahn, further showing his versatility as an architect.
Completed in 1922, I can’t help but notice a similarity in the elevation of the wings to our own Union Trust Building here in St. Louis by Adler and Sullivan.
Around on the south side is the General Motors Laboratories building.
North of the GM Building, which no longer has any employees from that automobile corporation, is the Fisher Building, built by the company that was a part of General Motors constellation of related concerns.
I love the photograph below, capturing sort of Film Noir feeling of the lobby.