Unpaginated catalog (26 leaves total, the first 21 printed recto only), presenting the architectural works of Hugh T. Keyes, comprised of private residences in the Detroit area, including designs in Grosse Pointe, Metamora, Bloomfield Hills, and Detroit itself, the residences primarily in the Neoclassical or Georgian style with one more modern-style home, the last few pages of the catalog consisting of advertisements for related businesses in the Detroit area including builders, contractors, interior design, lumber, plumbers, painting, landscape architecture, masonry, woodworking, electricians, flooring, garage doors, and others. Profusely illustrated throughout from photographs. Large 4to. Original spiral-bound black cardstock printed wrpps., some minor chipping to edges of covers and at spine. N.p. (Detroit) n.d. (1939).
Hugh Keyes was an important early- to mid-century American architect who primarily designed grand estates for the wealthy residents of the greater Detroit area, and is considered one of the most prolific and versatile architects of the time and a significant figure in the Art Deco and mid-century modern movements in Detroit. After working under C. Howard Crane and Albert Kahn, Keyes opened his own office in Detroit in 1921, with a career spanning several decades and architectural styles, although he became best known for his Neoclassical and Georgian-inspired designs. Some of his signature features were steel and concrete construction, a lack of frills, wrought iron balconies, hipped rooms, and glass-walled conservatories with lots of natural light. He became very influential in the Art Deco movement in Detroit and helped spearhead the streamline modern movement of the 1930s. A home he designed for John Bugas in Bloomfield Hills is often considered one of the "Wonders of Bloomfield Hills", alongside Frank Lloyd Wright's Gregor S. Affleck House and George Booth's Cranbrook.
A scarce catalog from an important figure in early 20th century American architecture; as of May 2020, WorldCat locates only one holding at a North American institution.
Book ID: 50718