Crooked Tree Arts Center

Petoskey, MI 49770



Coffee @ Ten: “Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy” with Brian Conway and James Haefner


On Tuesday, August 28, join Crooked Tree Arts Center for the Coffee @ Ten lecture, “Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy” with Brian Conway and James Haefner.


Michigan’s State Historic Preservation Officer, Brian Conway, will present his new book “Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy.” Conway and photographer James Haefner have carefully documented 34 projects between 1928 and 2012, documenting the highlights of Michigan’s contribution to America’s portfolio of significant modern architecture through both residential and commercial buildings. Included are designs by Eliel Saarinen, Walter Dorwin Teague, Frank Lloyd Wright, Alden B. Dow, Alexander Girard, Eero Saarinen, George Nelson, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Minoru Yamasaki, Perceval Goodman, Marcel Breuer, Gunner Birkerts, Oskar Stonorov, William Wesley Peters, Kevin Roche, Richard Meier, The Architects Collaborative, Dirk Lohan, Zaha Hadid, and others.


One breathtaking photo after another invites viewers to enter what often are private realms to explore the innovative and cutting-edge design solutions, while learning the story behind the architects and their clients.  As follow-up to Conway’s previous book, Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America which documents Michigan’s significant role in the development of modern design through its educational institutions, auto industry, furniture manufacturing, and resident design talent, this new book and presentation focuses on the resulting architecture, both commercial and residential. Author Conway and photographer Haefner will be on hand to sign books following the presentation.


Brian D. Conway was appointed Michigan’s State Historic Preservation Officer in 1997. In that capacity, he directs the State Historic Preservation Office in fulfilling the state’s responsibility under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, including the identification, protection, and redevelopment of historic and archaeological resources. He has been involved with historic preservation and the rehabilitation of historic buildings throughout Michigan since 1980. Conway holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and a Masters of Architecture from the University for Florida. He served on the board of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers and is an adjunct professor in Eastern Michigan University’s graduate program in historic preservation. Conway co-authored the award winning book “Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America” published by Gibbs Smith Publishing in 2016. He has lectured across the country on topics related to modernism and historic preservation. Conway’s work on modernism in Michigan won the 2016 Advocacy Award of Excellence from Docomomo U.S.


James Haefner’s career in photography spans the last four decades. An accomplished automotive advertising photographer, Haefner’s love of modern design drew him into the architectural world fifteen years ago. Today he balances both areas of interest equally along with a lifetime interest in landscape photography. After graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1976 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Haefner apprenticed for three years before starting his own studio in 1979. His contributions to “Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America” led to this project, which is truly the culmination of a forty-year career!


Coffee @ Ten is sponsored in part by Roast and Toast and Johan’s of Petoskey. The Coffee @ Ten series is free and open to the public, no reservations are necessary, and all lectures begin at 10 a.m.


For more information, contact the Crooked Tree Arts Center at 231-347-4337 or visit Crooked Tree Arts Center is located at 461 E. Mitchell Street, downtown Petoskey.