Yamasaki’s McGreggor Conference Center at WSU gets landmark status

The McGregor Memorial Conference Center on the campus of Wayne State University that was designed by renowned architect Minoru Yamasaki has been designated as a national historic landmark.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis on Wednesday made the announcement about the Detroit building as well as landmark designations for several sites in other parts of the country.

Completed in 1958, the center’s design represents a turning point in Yamasaki’s career. The two-story building overlooks a reflecting pond and sculpture garden. Yamasaki also is known for his design of the original World Trade Center towers in New York City.

The National Historic Landmarks Program is administered by the National Park Service. With designation as a landmark, sites are eligible for technical preservation advice.

By Associated Press and Crain’s Detroit Business.