A Guide to Architecture and Ironwork in Arden Park and Boston-Edison, 1910-1925

Gabriel Craig's walking tour will highlight the architecture and ironwork of homes in the Arden Park and Boston-Edison neighborhoods of Detroit.


Sat, October 21, 2023

11:00 AM EDT


54 Arden Park Blvd

Detroit, MI 48202

United States



The tour will run approximately 90 minutes, attendees will walk 3 blocks. Street parking is available. Gabriel Craig will lead guests on a tour featuring meticulously researched homes built in the 1910s and 1920s by some of Detroit's most respected architects of the period including George D. Mason, Marcus R. Burrowes, Richard H. Marr, Mildner & Eisen, and of course, Albert Kahn. Gabriel Craig is a metalsmith, writer, and historian. In 2012, he founded Smith Shop with his wife and partner, Amy Weiks. Their nationally prominent studio produces functional and ornamental ironwork of extraordinary design and craftsmanship. Smith Shop has been repeatedly recognized for their work including numerous Detroit Design Awards. In 2020, they received the Craftsman award for excellence from the Parducci Society of Detroit. Craig’s work is in prominent private collections nationally and internationally, and most notably in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Craig holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Metals from Western Michigan University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Metalsmithing from Virginia Commonwealth University—where he also studied architecture and decorative arts history. He is an expert on historic ironwork, having lectured extensively on the subject including at the Virginia Historical Society and national metalworking conferences. His current research focuses on architectural ironwork in Detroit from 1900-1935, and French ironwork of the Gothic and Gothic Revival periods. He lives in an historic home in Boston-Edison with his wife, two children, and dog.

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