By Rod Arroyo
Chrysler House (Dime Building) Detroit was built in 1912. It is one of the examples of architect Daniel Burnham’s amazing work in Detroit. Daniel Burnham is considered the father of American city planning. He oversaw the design of the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, which changed this country forever. He was the co-author of the Plan of Chicago, which resulted in the creation of Grant Park, the pedestrian-oriented Chicago lakefront, and much more.
The City of Detroit’s cultural center (DIA, Detroit Library, Rackham Auditorium) was inspired by the work of Burnham in Chicago and he consulted on Detroit’s plan for this area. He also is responsible for New York’s Flat Iron Building, Union Station in Washington, DC, and the Marshall Field and Company building in Chicago.