Post Number: 62
|Posted on Sunday, May 04, 2008 - 2:47 pm: || |
Did the UAW construct this building for their offices or was there a previous occupant? When was the structure built? Does any one know the name of the architect? What was on this property before Solidarity House?
Thank you very much.
Post Number: 6769
|Posted on Sunday, May 04, 2008 - 3:05 pm: || |
Well the building was remodelled with a new skin on the outside a few years back. It used to look rather similar to the Chase Tower (formerly NBD HQ) on Campus Martius... fondly known as the "cheese grater".
Don't know about either original or remodeling architects, but I do believe that the building was custom built for the UAW.
Post Number: 3629
|Posted on Sunday, May 04, 2008 - 4:50 pm: || |
The building was built for the UAW and opened in 1951. I don't know who the architect was. It was built on the site of Edsel Ford's former mansion where he lived before moving to Grosse Pointe.
Post Number: 3634
|Posted on Friday, May 09, 2008 - 11:03 am: || |
Stopped by today. The architect was Hugh Millar. Dedicated June 1951.
Post Number: 5382
|Posted on Friday, May 09, 2008 - 11:05 am: || |
Stephens mansion aka Edsel Ford estate was previously on the site. Actually, I think the mansion coexisted with the UAW for a number of years before being take down. I think George Mason was the architect, but Leonard Willeke helped renovate it.
Post Number: 3635
|Posted on Friday, May 09, 2008 - 11:08 am: || |
Yes, I think it was built on a lot on the east side of Ford's home, before it was torn down.
The dedication plaque inside the front door says Architect - Hugh Millar.
Post Number: 6478
|Posted on Friday, May 09, 2008 - 1:08 pm: || |
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Feel free to add others.
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Post Number: 279
|Posted on Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 4:37 am: || |
yep jjaba, Miller Beer says Union made, and i use Fram Filters, i guess im a good union man. the UAW solidarity house reminds me of some sort of compound deal.
Post Number: 310
|Posted on Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 4:38 am: || |
Here is a site with a picture of the Solidarity House before the renovation. It's four rows down, and three to the right.
Link: http://reuther100.wayne.edu/vi ewgallery.php?cid=5
Post Number: 282
|Posted on Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 4:52 am: || |
what an ugly building, looks like a bunch of hookers might be doing there tricks there
Post Number: 708
|Posted on Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 12:18 pm: || |
I beg to differ; it's in one of the better neighborhoods, and that stretch of Jefferson has improved a lot over the last few years.
I remember being there on business years ago, before it was remodelled... holy cow! It was like walking into a time warp. I felt like I was on the set of "Austin Powers" with all of the shag carpeting and chain-hung pendant mood lights. Far out, man! And that was in the 90's.
Post Number: 5387
|Posted on Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 3:40 pm: || |
Wonder why they built it there in the first place. Maybe at the time, downtown was just too expensive? I though I read that the UAW looked at undeveloped property in New Center when planning an HQ.
Post Number: 3637
|Posted on Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 6:31 pm: || |
They were located in the New Center before they moved to E Jefferson.
Post Number: 78
|Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2008 - 7:23 pm: || |
Anybody have a pic of Edsel's house on Jefferson?
Post Number: 285
|Posted on Monday, May 12, 2008 - 7:16 pm: || |
Regarding the original architect. Oskar Stonorov served as a design consultant. He was a personal friend of Walter Reuther, and a respected modern architect from Philadelphia.
Stonorov was a collaborator with Louis Kahn, and worked primarily with public housing.
He died in the plane crash that killed Reuther.
Post Number: 14
|Posted on Monday, May 12, 2008 - 8:38 pm: || |
The Edsel Ford House had a boathouse which is still intact behind the UAW.
Post Number: 1204
|Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 9:24 pm: || |
Forget pix of the Solidarity House, I wanna see the Ford mansion that was leveled!