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Barbara Cohn at the Royal Oak Public Library

The Detroit Public Library: An American Classic

For the last century, the Detroit Public Library has ranked as one of the most beautiful buildings in Detroit – an important landmark as well as an institution that served multiple generations of Detroiters. Presenter Barbara Cohn will highlight the conception and building of the 1921 Woodward Avenue Library, the 1963 Cass Avenue addition, and the library as it is today. The building is filled with historic murals, ornate ceilings inspired by palaces and churches from Italy, Pewabic tile and fireplace, mosaics, Italian paintings, a double-grand marble staircase with barrel vaulted ceiling, wrought iron gate, and painted windows. The lecture unites the interests of art history buffs, art enthusiasts, library lovers, and Detroitarea locals with a tribute to one of the city’s most impressive structures.

Event Type(s): Adult
Donna Garbarino
(248) 246-3717

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Royal Oak Public Library
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The Detroit Public Library

An American Classic

Barbara Madgy Cohn and Patrice Rafail Merritt

A photographic tour of the Detroit Public Library’s rich art and architectural history.

Published: May 2017
ISBN: 9780814342329
Published: May 2017
ISBN: 9780814342336