WSU's Yamasaki restoration project wins Governor's Award for Historic Preservation...
Detroit Free Press, 6/1
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The McGregor Pond & Sculpture Garden project by Quinn Evans Architects and McCarthy & Smith, which restored the modern masterpiece by Minoru Yamasaki at Wayne State University, was presented with a 2014 Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation.
McGregor Memorial Conference Center Reflecting Pool and Sculpture recognized by Michigan Historic Preservation Network
by Sarah Rigg
The Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN) recently honored award winners from across the state as part of the 34th Annual MHPN Conference. Among the award winners was Quinn Evans Architects for their participation in the McGregor Pond & Sculpture Garden project at Wayne State University. The project, which received the 2014 Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation, included the restoration of the modern art piece by Minoru Yamasaki. The State Historic Preservation Office initiated the award program in 2003 to recognize outstanding historic preservation achievements.
Yahoo News, 5/7/14
2014 governor's awards for historic preservation presented at Michigan State Capitol
Scott Woosley, executive director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, and State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Conway presented 12 recipients with 2014 Governor's Awards for Historic Preservation today in the state capitol. In Michigan between 2003 and 2013, historic rehabilitations using the federal historic preservation tax credits resulted in more than $1.7 billion in investment. In 2013, completed historic rehabilitation projects in Michigan alone totaled $146 million in investment. Among the 2014 recipients is the restoration project of Wayne State University’s McGregor Pond & Sculpture Garden.
Metro Times, 9/4/13
"Through the lens: The architecture of Detroit"
by Kelly Johnston
Detroit’s skyline is one of the most recognizable in the country. The architectural cityscape is notable in that Detroit boasts one of the largest intact collections of late 19th and early 20th century architecture in the country. Minoru Yamasaki, widely considered to be a master of the New Formalism style — and who most famously designed the ill-fated New York’s World Trade Center in 1973, also designed several buildings on Wayne State University’s campus, including McGregor Memorial Conference Center and DeRoy Auditorium.
Detroit Free Press, 6/11/13
"Cranbrook highlights Detroit's midcentury marvels of design, architecture"
by John Gallagher
The Cranbrook Educational Community will feature a public exhibition of visual materials celebrating Michigan’s mid-century design achievements, beginning Friday and running through Oct. 13. Titled “Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America,” the exhibit includes Minoru Yamasaki’s McGregor Memorial Conference Center on Wayne State University’s campus. A photo of the McGregor Center is featured in the story.
Huffing Post Detroit, 5/3/13
"Yamasaki reflecting pool reopens at Wayne State University building in Detroit"
Last Wednesday, Wayne State University rededicated the McGregor Memorial Conference Center Reflecting Pool designed by famed architect Minoru Yamasaki, best known for his work on the World Trade Center Twin Towers. Yamasaki designed four buildings for Wayne State. Here's how he described his vision of the campus in a proposal, according to the university's Walter P. Reuther Library: "An island of urban delight -- a lovely system of courts linking the buildings, all on a walking scale. The McGregor Memorial Conference Center was completed in 1958. The pools were drained because of a damaged foundation in the late '90s and were renovated through $1.8 in funds allocated by WSU last year. Photos are provided courtesy of Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library.
Deadline Detroit, 5/2; Detroit Curbed, 5/1/13
One of Detroit's most sublime art objects has been reborn
Wayne State University staged a rededication ceremony Wednesday -- the reflecting pools that were designed by renowned architect Minoru Yamasaki. The pools are once again filled with water, which, combined with the simple white surfaces, rocks, sculpture and the neighboring McGregor Memorial Conference Center, give the spot on the north end of campus a Zen-like peacefulness. The funds comes from donor gifts as well as campus enhancement and beautification funds. WSU alumna Carol Jonson also created an endowed fund to help support the upkeep of the pool and the surrounding sculpture court. “The McGregor Building and its reflecting pools are a distinct part of an already beautiful campus,” WSU President Allan Gilmour said in a statement. “Investing in this project is a wonderful way to honor the legacy of a great architect and the history of Wayne State at the same time.” A gallery of historic images is included.
Minoru Yamasaki reflecting pool to re-open at WSU
Wayne State University will reopen the McGregor Memorial Conference Center Reflecting Pools. The pools, designed by renowned architect Minoru Yamasaki, lay dormant since the late ‘90s, when they were drained due to a damaged foundation. In an effort led by Wayne State President Allan Gilmour, the university allocated $1.8 million to have them restored. Ruhtab Sahota, the Project Manager, has overseen two years of reconstruction on the pools. He spoke to WDET’s Martina Guzman about what it meant to work on an architectural gem designed by one of the premier architects of the 20th century.
Detroit Free Press, 4/29/13
Yamasaki pool, garden at Wayne State to be rededicated
by John Gallagher
Wayne State’s McGregor Memorial Conference Center has been returned to Minoru Yamasaki’s original vision with the restoration of the outdoor reflecting pool and sculpture gardens. The nearly $2-million restoration project was completed recently, and Wayne State plans to rededicate the gardens in a ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The McGregor Center has long been considered by many to be among the finest buildings designed by Yamasaki, the Detroit-based architect best known for designing the World Trade Center towers in New York City. Yamasaki died in 1986. But the outdoor pool on the south side of McGregor proved problematic not long after the building was built in 1958. Leaks and other problems prompted Wayne State to finally drain the pool, and the pool remained empty and something of an eyesore for many years until the restoration project finally fixed the problems. The effort to restore it began in 2009, when art and engineering enthusiasts at WSU began to explore ways to do the work. That led to engineering studies and lobbying, and WSU trustees approved the project in early 2012. In Detroit, Yamasaki also designed what is now called the One Woodward office tower downtown, as well as other buildings on Wayne State's campus and elsewhere.
The Detroit News, 10/5/12
by Susan Pollack
In her column about the latest news in home furnishings, interior design and home improvement, Susan Pollack notes a Saturday event featuring five free 60-minute tours of Minoru Yamasaki-designed buildings at Wayne State University. The tours will start in the lobby of the McGregor Memorial Conference Center at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. The tours will also include the Education Building, the Meyer and Anna Prentis Building and the Helen L. Deroy Auditorium.
Detroit Free Press, 4/28/12
"Architect Minoru Yamasaki's work to be restored at Wayne State University"
by John Gallagher
One of Detroit's most significant works by famed architect Minoru Yamasaki will be restored thanks to a $1.8-million project beginning next month. The work will restore the pools of water and surrounding sculpture garden at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center at Wayne State University. The jewel-like McGregor Center has long been considered by many to be among the finest buildings designed by Yamasaki, the Detroit-based architect best known for designing the World Trade Center towers in New York City. The McGregor Center was built in 1958. The pools remained filled with water until the early '80s, when leaks and other functional problems led Wayne State to drain them. The pools have remained empty ever since. The effort to restore them began in 2009, when art and engineering enthusiasts at WSU began to explore ways to do the work. That led to engineering studies and lobbying, and WSU trustees approved the project at a March 21 meeting. Ruhtab Sahota, a staffer for WSU's office of design and construction services, said contractors will begin work around the first week of May. Restoring the pools involves spraying on a polyurea coating to make the structure watertight, as well as planting new trees and making improvements to the walkways around the site. The restoration of the pools at McGregor should be finished by late summer. Yamasaki also designed Wayne State’s DeRoy Auditorium. Photos of the project site are included.