July 6, 2020

Preservation by design

Detroit’s architectural fabric is rich with unique historical structures—some recognizable, others more discreet—that have continually been re-purposed for the modern-day city. They also double as keenly protected sites for historic conservationists, one of which was recently recognized by both the Michigan chapter of the AIA and Michigan Historic Preservation Network for its sensitive design and rehabilitation of two historic buildings located in Detroit’s Corktown and the Greektown neighborhood areas.

Recently, McIntosh Poris Associates was awarded a 2020 Honor Award in the interior design category by AIA Michigan for its renovation of The Gallery | The Fresco Restaurant at the Detroit Athletic Club, and a 2020 Building Award by the Michigan Historic Preservation Network for its rehabilitation and preservation work on The Assembly, which is a mixed-use building in Corktown. 

“Recognition from these leading organizations invigorates our mission to elevate the rich history of Detroit through modern design,” stated Michael Poris, AIA, co-founding principal at McIntosh Poris Associates, in a press release. “Renewing architectural treasures of the past has been a core practice of our firm for more than 25 years, and we are committed to revitalizing historic buildings for use today, while maintaining and honoring their heritage.”


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