Welcome to Detroit!




Wednesday, May 10th

6:00-8:00pmConference check-in and mingle with the Detroit Area Art Deco Society at the Detroit Marriott Hotel in the Renaissance Center, Michigan’s tallest building. 

Thursday, May 11th

Morning – Cranbrook Tour

  • We will take a bus to the Cranbrook Educational Community and tour its stunning Art Deco architecture.
  • Highlights include Eliel Saarinen’s Art Deco house, Cranbrook school, and campus.

Box Lunch en route to the Henry Ford museum (included)

Afternoon – The Henry Ford Museum

  • Bus tour en route to the museum
  • The group will listen to a special lecture on the museum’s Art Deco collection, tour  Unique-to-Detroit and on display Art Deco artifacts, along with special behind the scenes tour of the museum’s (normally closed to the public) archives.

Bus to Downtown for drinks (2 per person, included) at Cliff Bell’s, an beautifully restored Art Deco bar

Dinner on your own, with many suggestions within walking distance of Cliff Bell’s and the Detroit Marriott Hotel, our preferred hotel. (See more information below on Detroit’s public transportation and safety.)

Friday, May 12th

Morning Lectures with coffee, tea and morning treats

  • Introduction to Detroit’s Art Deco, presented by Rebecca Binno-Savage, long-time DAADS board member and current co-Vice President
  • Corrado Parducci’s Architectural Legacy, presented by Jennifer Baross, DAADS board member and Parducci Society President

Downtown Walking Tour with lunch (included) at the Maccabees, located in an Art Deco building, built by Albert Kahn in 1925. Continued tour of Detroit Art Deco structures via motor coach.

Mingle with Detroit-Expedition guests and the Detroit Area Art Deco Society members at a closing reception that ends the day.

Saturday, May 13th

Morning shuttle to Cleveland. (Bus transfer to Cleveland is purchased with Cleveland registration.)


Total Cost: $460 per person

The Detroit Expedition includes: Complimentary drink during Wednesday Mixer at Detroit Marriott Hotel. Lunch Thursday & Friday. Drinks (limit 2) at Cliff Bell’s Art Deco Bar, morning treats Friday and transportation to all venues.

*Price does not include hotel, Thursday breakfast or dinners.

Looking to continue your stay in Detroit until the World Congress begins on Sunday, May 14th? Let us know when you register, and we can assist in additional activites / things to see on Saturday, May 13.

Detroit Hotel, Transportation and Public Safety Information


The official hotel for the Detroit-tour is Marriott Hotel at the Detroit Renaissance Center, Michigan’s tallest building, and along with it’s Deco counterparts, the Guardian and Penobscot Buildings, is one of our skyline defining skyscrapers. While it was designed by John Portman in the 1970’s, it has the BEST views of both Detroit, the Ambassador Bridge, and Windsor, Ontario. We have a great rate of $149/night. Click HERE for the link to register.


Detroit’s downtown public transportation is the People Mover. The People Mover covers all of the downtown area with 13 stops.


When visiting any large international city, paying attention to who and what is around you is key. Detroit is no different. Our downtown area is vibrant with summer festivals and winter ice skating, great restaurants and shopping. (Our residential rental rate is at 98% with a minimum 6 month wait time!) It’s a busy and exciting time in Detroit and we can’t wait to share it with you!

Did you see that National Geographic just named Detroit as one of 6 Unexpected Cities for the Food Lover? 

AND, the New York Times named Detroit #9 on their list of 52 Places To Go in 2017.

Bus transfer to Cleveland

“The long way to Cleveland, with interesting stops along the way.”
Saturday May 13, 2017

8:15 am Depart Detroit.

toledolib39:30 am
Arrive Toledo Lucas County Public Library (Hahn & Hayes, 1940.)
Toledo is famous as a center for glass manufacturing, and this building features extensive use of Vitrolite, an opaque pigmented architectural glass (1935-47) made by the Libbey-Owens-Ford Company of Toledo. The library construction was partially funded by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), and features some wonderful glass mosaics set within the Vitrolite walls.


toledounionterm110:30 am
Arrive Toledo Central Union Terminal (Robert Crosbie, 1950.)
The last of the large urban train terminals constructed in the US by a national railroad company—in this case, the New York Central. This Streamline Moderne structure, “a palace of glass,” has large bands of glass block on the exterior and extensive use of Vitrolite within the interior. It’s still used by Amtrak for rail passenger service.


12:15 pm
Box lunch

weltzheimer-johnson12:45 pm
Arrive Oberlin, to see the Weltzheimer-Johnson House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1949.)
One of the “Usonian” houses of Frank Lloyd Wright, this house is intentionally modest compared to many of his more famous homes. Of course, it still went way over budget, as Wright’s projects usually did. It’s now owned and managed by nearby Oberlin College. An unusual feature is the use of redwood, which is common in California but rare in Ohio.


3:00 pm
Leave Oberlin

amishbuggy5:00 pm
Arrive Holmes County. Eighty miles south of Cleveland is the world’s largest Amish community, a strict traditional Christian faith with Swiss Anabaptist origins. They are known for simple rural living, plain dress, and not adopting modern technologies. Typically, there are prohibitions or severe limitations on the use of electricity, telephones, and automobiles. You’ll experience the rare treat to have dinner in an Amish home. Think hearty farm cooking like fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and several kinds of pie (the Amish are famous for their pies.) We think this will especially appeal to our friends from outside the US!

9:00 pm
Arrive Downtown Cleveland.

Cost of tour: $85 per person – add the bus transfer to your ticket when registering for the World Congress