Detroit Institute of Arts

Paul Philippe Cret

Like the Detroit Public Library by Cass Gilbert, this museum is part of the Cultural Center Historic District in Detroit, originally part of the City Beautiful movement which established the area around Woodward Avenue as the cultural center of the city. See this map for orientation. Like the library, this museum across the street from the Detroit Public Library is also constructed of white marble in the Beaux-Arts, Italian Renaissance style. Cret, a French-born Philadelphia architect designed many famous and important buildings, among them the Barnes Foundation Gallery and Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D. C., the Main Building at the University of Texas and other buildings on that campus, and the U. S Courthouse in Fort Worth.

Views of the front entrance, Woodward Avenue


Views of the back

See the Graves addition for the ways he has incorporated the new building with the original.

See Also the Graves addition to this venerable museum and the justly famous murals by Diego Rivera.

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