We are disappointed in the Detroit Institute of Art’s (DIA) decision to demolish the Barat House. Now-former DIA employee Paul Szewcyzk wrote an excellent blog post about the history and architecture of the Barat House, which you can read here. When we first learned that the DIA had purchased the building and that they were considering demolishing it, we immediately contacted their team to express our concerns. Over the next year we had several meetings and conversations with DIA leadership and asked them to consider the longer-term potential of this building as opposed to the short-term gain of a handful of parking spots. We also contacted partners in the Cultural Center, including at the Scarab Club and the Wright Museum, and asked them to advocate for the preservation of the Barat House, too. In this situation, we had few tools to ...

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HDAB votes 7-0 in favor of the Cass-Henry Historic District.

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No public comments made against the proposed district. Dozens made in favor.