When you think of famous Detroit architects, the names that first come to mind tend to be Albert Kahn, Louis Kamper, George D. Mason—none of whom are black. That’s because, when Detroit was booming in the first half of the 20th century, racial and economic conditions barred black architects from securing commissions.
In the latter half of the 20th century, especially during Mayor Coleman Young’s tenure, that dynamic changed, allowing black architects to make many notable contributions to Detroit’s built environment. Several other significant buildings in development by black-led firms are currently being constructed, like at City Modern in Brush Park.
Here’s 14 great Detroit buildings designed by black architects. And be sure to read our article about the legacy of black architects in Detroit.
Note: Buildings are ordered geographically from west to east.Read More