Wayne State University
The McGregor Memorial Conference Center, a Modernist masterpiece located at Detroit’s Wayne State University, was among five sites added to the nation’s list of historic landmarks today by the National Park Service.
Designed by renowned Japanese-American Minoru Yamasaki, who also designed the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the two-story steel-frame and concrete folded slab McGregor Memorial Conference Center was built in an evolving International style, which eventually gave Yamasaki an worldwide reputation.”
Originally published by the Detroit Free Press
It was 24 years ago today [February 17, 1991] that Wayne State University imploded Mackenzie Hall, a former hotel that later served as the school’s student center.
Mackenzie Hall began its life as the city’s top “stag hotel,” for young, single men who had come to Detroit looking for work. The building at Cass Avenue and Putnam opened Jan. 21, 1925, as the 12-story, 800-room Webster Hall hotel. It was designed by O’Dell of the firm Halpin & Jewell.
The university said it razed the building because it was less expensive than remodeling. At 10:15 a.m. Feb. 17, 1991, the once-proud landmark was reduced to a 15-foot pile of rubble.