McGregor Memorial Conference Center at Wayne State University named National Historic Landmark

WASHINGTON (WXYZ) - A building on the campus of Wayne State University has been named a National Historic Landmark, according to the National Park Service.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced Wednesday that McGregor Memorial Conference Center would be designated as a landmark. The building, designed by Minoru Yamasaki, was completed in 1958.

He was one of the 20th century's most important architects, and the design represents "a key turning point in Yamasaki's career as he moved away from International Style orthodoxy into his own district version of Modernism," the National Park Service said. 

Yamasaki was also the designer behind the College of Education building, the Meyer L. and Anna Prentis building and the Helen L. DeRoy Auditorium on the Wayne State Campus. His most famous work though is designing the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

McGregor was the first WSU building Yamasaki completed, according to the Wayne State Walter P. Reuther Library. At the dedication ceremony in 1958, Yamasaki said, "We must escape the hubbub and chaos of our daily lives and provide a place where humanity can think," the library wrote. 

Other structures named National Historic Landmarks this year include Samara in West Lafayette, Ind., the Lake Hotel at Yellowstone National Park, the California Powder Works Bridge in Calif. and the Brookline Reservoir of the Cochituate Aqueduct in Mass.

The National Historic Landmarks Program was established in 1935, and works with preservation officials, private property owners and other partners interested in nominating properties for the National Historic Landmark designation. To be named a historic landmark, the building must first be reviewed by the National Park System Advisory Board, before being recommended to the Secretary of the Interior.

McGregor will now receive a designation letter and be eligible for technical preservation advice.

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