Art Deco & Beyond in Detroit



Delve into Detroit’s architectural gems on this exploration of the Motor City with visits to iconic historic buildings, such as the Detroit Opera House and the Guardian Building. Explore impressive collections of art at the Detroit Institute of Arts and Cranbrook Art Museum, which house thousands of pieces by renowned artists, including Diego Rivera and Andy Warhol. Meet with local preservation and real estate experts to discuss the city’s development over the past few decades and current efforts to preserve its rich history.
With Prof. Stephen Vogel, FAIA

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Trip Type
Closer to Home, Group Travel Tour
Departure Dates
Sep 7, 2020 - Sep 11, 2020


Foundation Hotel Once the headquarters of the Detroit Fire Department, the upscale Detroit Foundation Hotel offers modern guest rooms mixed with industrial flourishes and vintage pieces that reflect Detroit’s unique culture as the “Motor City.” The hotel’s restaurant serves creations of two-Michelin starred Chef Thomas Lents.


  • day Sept. 7

    Welcome to Historic Detroit

    Upon arrival in Detroit, transfer independently to the centrally located historic Detroit Foundation Hotel. After settling in, meet your local guide and begin exploring Detroit with an afternoon tour through the Guardian Building, one of the city’s celebrated Art Deco masterpieces. Learn about the building’s composition from its orange brick façade to its stunning lobby adorned in imported marble as well as its evolution over the years to become a National Historic Landmark. Continue to the nearby Detroit Opera House designed by the distinguished Detroit architect Howard Crane. Head backstage for an exclusive view of the rehearsal studio, dressing rooms, and costume shop as well as the ornate auditorium and lobbies. Tonight, dine at the famed Apparatus Room, where two Michelin-starred Executive Chef Thomas Lents will create a seasonal tasting menu. (D)

  • day Sept. 8

    Architectural Gems of Detroit

    Be invited into a privately owned Frank Lloyd Wright property. The current homeowners will open their doors exclusively for the National Trust and will highlight Wright’s Usonian touches and the comprehensive restoration efforts undergone to preserve the property. Head to lunch at the Detroit Golf Club, a landmark of Detroit’s cultural heritage founded in 1899. Following the meal, tour the Clubhouse, designed and constructed in 1918 by prominent Detroit architect Albert Kahn. Drive through Wayne State University’s campus to explore the architectural works of Minoru Yamasaki, including his Modernist creation, the light-filled McGregor Memorial Conference Center. (B, L)

  • day Sept. 9

    Treasures at Cranbrook

    Cranbrook Art Museum welcomes us today for a tour of its expansive Collection’s Wing. Head to the storage facility to view highlights preserved in the vaults. Cranbrook’s museum collection features pieces by a number of renowned artists, including Jo Baer, Donald Judd, Joan Mitchell, and Andy Warhol. Later, step inside the Eliel Saarinen House, also located on the campus, to visit his former studio and home, where many of the original furnishings are still displayed. After lunch, return to the downtown area for a private visit with members from Preservation Detroit, an organization dedicated to conserving the city’s historic architectural and cultural sites (pending availability). (B, L)

  • day Sept. 10

    Detroit Institute of Arts Collection

    Today, visit a commercial real estate firm that is integral to Detroit’s renaissance. Meet with one of the firm’s executives, who will discuss their role in community development and lead a walk-through of several downtown buildings. This afternoon, head to the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) for an independent lunch in the café before reconvening for a tour of the museum’s highlights. With over 65,000 pieces, the DIA is a treasure trove of art. Of particular interest is the famous Diego Rivera 27-piece mural, Detroit Industry, which speaks to the city’s development. Conclude a fantastic week of architectural and art exploration with a celebratory dinner later this evening. (B, D)

  • day Sept. 11, SEPTEMBER 11

    Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village

    On this last morning, step back in time during a visit to Greenfield Village. Experience life in the 19th century and learn about agriculture, industry, and the innovative American spirit in the time of Henry Ford. Meander down the historic Main Street or stop by one of the town’s many mills to view the artisans in action. Proceed as a group later today to the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport to embark on independent flights back home. (B)

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