Originally published by Model D
Ask enthusiasts what they love about Detroit architecture and they’ll likely mention the incredible ceilings, floors, and decorative fixtures that adorn the city’s 1920s- and 30s- era buildings — inside and out. What they might not realize, however, is that one man is responsible for a significant number of those features, particularly the sculptural reliefs you see on building exteriors and in grand skyscraper lobbies.
From the bas-reliefs of the Guardian Building to the Native American sculptural motifs of the greater Penobscot Building, no artist better defines Detroit’s downtown than Corrado Parducci.
Interested in knowing more about Parducci and his work? Stop by The Zenith in the Fisher Building on March 18, where the Parducci Society is hosting Parducci’s 115th Birthday Celebration (www.facebook.com/events/1418708388429537/)
Originally published by The Detroit News
The names of Detroit’s fabled architects — Kahn, Rowland, Yamasaki and the two Saarinens, to cite but a few — are well-known and the source of no little bragging on the part of Detroiters.
But what of the artists responsible for the architectural flourishes that often got you to look at the building in the first place?
One such unknown is sculptor Corrado Parducci, whose embellishments gave punch and texture to structures as far flung as Detroit’s Guardian Building and Rochester’s Meadow Brook Hall.
“Parducci is long overdue to be remembered,” says Detroit artist Gary Eleinko, for years head of the exhibitions committee at the Detroit Artists Market. “His Art Deco stuff graces so many of the major high-rises of the 1920s and ’30s. And his bear fountain at the Detroit Zoo is one of the most popular fountains in the area.