Page Turners:
Explore Michigan Architecture
Through These Book Titles


Ever wonder where the inspiration for MAF’s architecture road trips comes from? Looking for a comprehensive primer on Michigan architecture? Want to know more about Michigan’s vast collection of significant mid-century modern architecture?

Check out these titles, each a great resource on Michigan architecture. Browse the pages to increase your knowledge of Michigan architecture, satisfy your curiosity about a favorite Michigan building, or develop your own architecture road trip. The books are available through MAF’s website, via Amazon (don’t forget to use Amazon Smile when you shop and select Michigan Architectural Foundation as your charity of choice, and through other booksellers.

‘Great Architecture of Michigan’ (Wayne State University Press) by Detroit Free Press Architecture Critic John Gallagher, featuring photos by renowned photographer Baltazar Korab.

A publication of the Michigan Architectural Foundation, the book contains informative narratives and images of 150 architectural structures and sites throughout Michigan, from houses of worship to private homes, commercial facilities, stadiums, theaters, historical buildings and more.  Discover the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Detroit’s Fisher Building, D. H. Day Farm near Sleeping Bear Dunes, and Frankfort’s Point Betsie Lighthouse, among other structures.

MAF’s architecture road trips are built from the entries found in this book, which takes readers on a comprehensive trip around the state during Michigan’s peak travel seasons.  Visit the News section of MAF’s website to view our archive of past Architecture Road Trip articles (including our most recent one, featuring Midtown Detroit).


‘Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy’ (Visual Profile Books, Inc.) by Brian D. Conway, with images by photographer James Haefner.

This book features 34 projects and 227 images, and has been credited for raising awareness and appreciation of early Modern architecture and interior design in Michigan. Many of the breathtaking images are of private buildings, and the book offers a unique behind the scenes visit to these structures.

Among the featured projects are the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Turkel House in Detroit, William Kessler’s W. Hawkins Ferry House in Grosse Pointe Shores, and Richard Meier’s Douglas House in Harbor Springs. Want a preview of what you’ll see on the pages? Visit MAF’s website page, Must See Buildings to view many of the photos featured in the book.

Looking for additional Michigan architecture books?  Check out this list of books (along with architecture toys) featured in our holiday shopping suggestions.