JHSM is pleased to present An Art and Architectural Tour of this fabulous building designed by architect Cass Gilbert (the father of the skyscraper), who found inspiration for the white marble building in the Italian Renaissance. Docents will guide us through this beautiful gem, highlighting the stunning murals, carvings, decorative ceilings, painted windows, floor designs and Ionic columns.
The multitude of murals and paintings within the library depict scenes from Detroit’s history, and the history of Western music, poetry, arts and architecture. Decorative ceilings are reminiscent of European palaces and cathedrals. Painted glass windows, bas-reliefs and mosaics by some of the world’s most talented artisans remind us of fairy tales, mythology and literary genius.
Join us to learn the history of the museum – and its Jewish connections. Did you know, for example, that the library’s location and funding are credited to Jewish Detroiter David Heineman. Some of the magnificent architectural features and art include
Samuel Yellin wrought iron gate.
Our tour will include a rare chance to tour and browse the Ernie Harwell exhibition.