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Best known for designing the New York’s 1964 World Trade Center, Japanese American architect Minoru Yamasaki softened and humanized modern architecture with designs that emphasized moments of serenity and delight. Creating a wealth of important buildings around the world, Yamasaki especially enriched his adopted home in Michigan with his designs. His Detroit area buildings include four on the Wayne State campus, Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills, the Michigan Consolidated Gas Building (now One Woodward Avenue), as well as Westland’s own Quo Vadis theater, demolished in 2011, and Marshall School, where the library currently resides. Renowned Detroit author John Gallagher illustrates the life and work of Yamasaki and the creative paths of mid-century modernism.
John Gallagher is a retired Detroit Free Press columnist, veteran journalist, and author of the book Yamasaki in Detroit: A Search for Serenity. His other books include The Englishman and Detroit, Reimagining Detroit, Great Architecture of Michigan and, as co-author, AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture.