The tour highlights the architecture of Cass Gilbert, as well as the many works of famed craftsmen and architects. Our docents will share with you the history, art and architecture of Detroit’s acclaimed Main Library. You will discover the Grand Staircase, the Pewabic fireplace, the Ernie Harwell Room, and other surprises along your 1 mile walking journey. Then it is off to explore more books! In 1983, John K. King purchased the giant, abandoned, four-story Advance Glove factory building in downtown Detroit. Within a few years, King was utilizing all four floors and filling the basement to overflowing with duplicates and books waiting to be processed. He also bought the office building behind his store, the old Otis Elevator building, and set up his offices and rare book room upstairs there. And in the basement? More books. It never ends! This tour will allow you a glimpse into a booklover’s dream and the opportunity to see select items in the rare book room and annex. INCLUDES: Motor coach, tours, lunch and librarian of a travel escort.
*Note: There is a lot of walking and stairs on this trip. Be sure to wear your most comfortable shoes!!!