General Motors Building

Title

General Motors Building

Publisher

Lawrence Technological University

Date Created

December 7, 2018

Alternative Title or Name

Cadillac Place
Durant Building

Creator

Kahn, Albert

Creator2

Hedrich Blessing Studio (Photographer)

Creator Nationality

American

Work Type

Single Built Works

Date

c. 1922

Work Location

Michigan (state)

Detroit (inhabited place)

Style/Period

Neoclassical

Subject

corporate headquarters (built works)
General Motors Corporation
automobile manufacturers

Description

View of the four towers of the General Motors Building in Detroit, MI, designed by Albert Kahn and completed c. 1922. “…this monumental structure is perhaps Albert Kahn’s personal masterpiece in commercial architecture. Here neoclassical refinement followed Sullivan’s three-part skyscraper formula to be sure, with an Italian Renaissance arcade that engages the street, a finely proportioned shaft, and a Corinthian colonnaded crown … Four identical cross-wings extend from the central backbone, which is subtly expressed in the end elevations. This configuration enabled each of the hundreds of individual offices to enjoy natural light, ventilation, and views,”--AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture, by Eric J. Hill and John Gallagher, 2003. Handwritten on back: GM, printed: Hedrich-Blessing Studio, 450 East Ohio Street, Chicago Neg. no. 8661-G.

Measurements

1,395,000 square feet

Reproduction Type

jpeg

Reproduction Source

b/w photograph: 7.25 x 9 inches

ID Number

LTU-AK-DM014

Files

LTU-AK-DM014.jpg
Date Added
December 3, 2018
Item Type
VRA Core
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Citation
“General Motors Building,” LTU Digital Images, accessed December 17, 2018, https://ltuimagecollection.omeka.net/items/show/17932.