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Detroit Observatory

One of the few true restoration projects

Meticulously researched by the project team, this building was returned to its 1854 origins, inside and out. The work matched period construction and methods, down to the smallest detail. The Observatory was featured in Architecture, CAM Magazine, UM Michigan Alumnus and Ann Arbor Lifestyle Magazine.





LOCATION:
Ann Arbor, Michigan

PLAN:
Complete restoration

TEAM:
JC Beal Construction Inc.
U of M Plant Extension
Quinn Evans Architects
Fitzpatrick Structural
SWS Engineering
JJR Inc.

AWARDS:
2002 Award of Honor -
    American Institute of     Architects-Michigan Chapter

2000 Preservation Award -
    Michigan Historic
    Preservation Network

1999 Award of Merit -
    American Association for
    State and Local History

1998 Preservation Project
    of the Year,
    Historic District Commission,
    City of Ann Arbor, Michigan

1998 Pyramid Award -
    Best Project Team for projects
    under 3 million dollars,
    Washtenaw Contractors
    Association

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Stephen Graham Photography

RELATED LINKS:
History of the Detroit
     Observatory

About the Project Team
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A full restoration of the Detroit Observatory

The building was returned to its 1854 glory