Alexander Girard, architect : creating midcentury modern masterpieces / Deborah Lubera Kawsky ; foreword by Ruth Adler Schnee.
- Detroit, Michigan : Wayne State University Press,  , ©2018
- Painted turtle book.
A Painted Turtle Book
177 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 x 29 cm.
- Grosse Pointe (Mich.) -- Pictorial works.
Girard, Alexander -- Criticism and interpretation.
Designers -- United States -- Anecdotes.
Architects -- United States -- Anecdotes.
Architecture, Domestic -- Michigan -- Grosse Pointe -- Pictorial works.
Midcentury modern (Architecture) -- Michigan -- Grosse Pointe -- Pictorial works.
- "Showcases the bold, innovative, and colorful architectural designs of Alexander Girard. During the midcentury period, Michigan attracted visionary architects, designers, and theorists, including Alexander Girard. While much has been written about Girard's vibrantly colored and patterned textiles for Herman Miller, the story of his Detroit period (1937-53)--encompassing interior and industrial design, exhibition curation, and residential architecture--has not been told. This is the first comprehensive study of Girard's exceptional architectural projects, specifically those concentrated in the ultra-traditional Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe. One exciting element of the book is the rediscovery of another Girard masterpiece - the only surviving house designed entirely by Girard, and former residence to Mr. and Mrs. John McLucas. Restored in consultation with iconic midcentury designer Ruth Adler Schnee, the McLucas house represents the culmination of Girard's Detroit design work at midcentury. Stunning color photographs capture the unique design elements-including the boldly colored glazed brick walls of the atrium-reminiscent of Girard's role as color consultant for the GM Tech Center. Original Girard drawings for the building plan, interior spaces, and custom-designed furniture document the mind of a modernist master at work and are made available to the public for the first time in this beautiful book."--Provided by publisher.
- Connections: modern design in postwar Michigan. Cranbrook Academy of Art ; Herman Miller ; Eero Saarinen ; Minoru Yamasaki
Promotion: Girard's studios and exhibitions. Girard's Grosse Pointe studios ; For Modern Living at the Detroit Institute of Arts
Tradition and innovation: Girard and Grosse Pointe architecture. Tradition: style and status in Grosse Pointe ; Innovation: The Alexander and Susan Girard house
Collaboration and experimentation: Girard, Yamasaki, and Lothrop Road (1949-1950). Expansion: The Pine Woods "Enclave" ; Collaboration: The Daniel and Margaret Goodenough house ; Experimentation: The Richard and Margaret Jackson house
Culmination: The John and Kathleen McLucas house. Patrons ; Architecture: "A new concept of beauty"
Radical iteration: The George and Betty Rieveschl house. Conclusion: Girard from Detroit to Santa Fe ; Appendix: Alexander Girard design sites in Grosse Pointe, circa 1950.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 159-165) and index.
- Local notes:
- Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Alumni and Friends Memorial Book Fund.
- Alumni and Friends Memorial Book Fund.
Schnee, Ruth Adler, 1923- writer of foreword.
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