The 1980s architectural guidebook I used on my trip states, "The building's materials were selected for lightness due to low bearing capacity of the soil and to resist industrial fumes generated nearby" Seems like the perfect spot for a hospital.
I wanted to get the expected bombed out Detroit posts out of the way first. It's no secret that Detroit has suffered from decades of disinvestment. Things are bad, but there is so much potential. The city has a rich history and so much great architecture. The good stuff is coming up.
Located in Southfield, MI, a Detroit suburb, Northland was the largest shopping center in the country. Alvin Lustig collaborated with Gruen on the identity and signage.Source: Laboratoire Urbanisme Insurrectionnel
It's unclear to me if Lustig designed these interior signs. The main entrance monument, parking lot signage and the water tower are the things that are usually credited to Lustig. Though, you'll notice that his logo is on top of the sign.Photo: Mike Grobbel
Northland was the beginning of a nationwide regional suburban shopping center trend. It was part of a greater shift of resources from the inner city to the suburbs. This was the beginning of Detroit's problems.
Victor Gruen- "I am often called the father of the shopping mall. I would like to take this opportunity to disclaim paternity once and for all. I refuse to pay alimony to those bastard developments. They destroyed our cities."