General Motors Technical Center

Bounded by 12 Mile, Mound and Chicago Rds, and Van Dyke Ave., Warren, Michigan

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Nov. 2012

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Two Michigan Historical Markers sit side by side at the Mound Road Entrance they read:

General Motor Technical Center

An American icon of modern architecture, the General Motors (GM) Technical Center stands as a model corporate research and development park. Thirty-one buildings were constructed between 1949 and 1985. Conceived by Board of Directors Chairman Alfred P. Sloan, the center centralized GM's research, design and engineering efforts. Vice President for Styling Harley Earl chose Eliel and Eero Saarinen to design the campus. Eero Saarinen's International Style buildings complemented by the grounds he planned with landscape architect Thomas Church. Saarinen also worked with GM's Argonaut Division, which designed many of the structures. The center is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Governor Alex J. Groesbeck

Son of a pioneer Dutch-French family, Groesbeck was born in Warren Township near the corner of Mound and Twelve Mile Roads in 1872. His father's election as sheriff in 1880 caused the family to move to Mount Clemens. In 1893 Alex graduated from the University of Michigan and began a long and distinguished legal career in Detroit. After serving as state attorney general from 1917 to 1920 he became governor for the first of three successive terms in 1921. His Republican administrations were noted for governmental reorganization, prison reform, and expansion of state highways. Highway M-97 was, subsequently, named after him. In 1927 he returned to Detroit, retaining active interest in public affairs until his death in 1953.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 27, 2000
Reference number
00000224
Architectural style
Modern Movement: International Style
Areas of significance
Architecture; Engineering; Landscape Architecture; Transportation
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; B - Person; C - Design/Construction
Property type
District
Historic function
Manufacturing facility
Current function
Manufacturing facility
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1950-1974
Significant years
1949; 1956
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 22
Non-contributing buildings: 9

Update Log 

  • November 19, 2012: New photo from Rattrak
  • September 26, 2012: New Street View added by Rattrak

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