Deco Detroit: Preservation and Perseverance in the Motor City

Deco Detroit: Preservation and Perseverance in the Motor City



For most of the 20th century, Detroit was our nation’s economic dynamo, which is reflected in the treasure trove of stunning historic homes, grand Art Deco skyscrapers, and mid-century masterpieces that still define the cityscape. Led by renowned preservationist Tom Moriarty—a founder of the National Trust’s Main Street program—this unique tour focuses on preservation efforts throughout the city and especially highlights the innovative Art Deco works that flourished in Detroit during the 1920s and 1930s. Detroit’s vibrant art scene is also featured with visits to the Detroit Institute of Art and Cranbrook.


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Trip Type
Closer to Home, Group Travel Tour
Departure Dates
May 6, 2025 - May 10, 2025


  • Tom Moriarity

    Tom Moriarity

    Tom Moriarity is a nationally recognized preservationist and urban development specialist. Trained as an architect, Tom was one of the founders of the National Trust’s pioneering Main Street Program. As Managing Principal at Retail & Development Strategies LLC, Tom has been involved in major restoration and urban rehabilitation projects across the U.S. and the world. He will bring his expertise on architecture, architectural history, historic preservation and adaptive use that will help each traveler better understand the beauty and significance of the places we will visit.  Tom holds two degrees in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.


Cancellation by participant must be made in writing to ISDI and is effective only upon acknowledged receipt by ISDI. There is a non-refundable registration and planning fee of $500 per person regardless of cancellation date.


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