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General Motors Research Laboratory

General Motors Research Laboratory
The Argonaut Building, taken from the West.
Location 485 W. Milwaukee Ave., Detroit, Michigan,  United States

42°22′5″N 83°4′30″W / 42.36806°N 83.07500°W / 42.36806; -83.07500Coordinates: 42°22′5″N 83°4′30″W / 42.36806°N 83.07500°W / 42.36806; -83.07500

Built 1928
Architect Albert Kahn
Architectural style Early Commercial
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 05000713[1]
Added to NRHP July 22, 2005
For the General Motors institution, see General Motors Research Laboratories.

The Argonaut Building, renamed in 2009 the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education (originally the Argonaut, or General Motors Research Laboratory), is a large office building located in the New Center area of Detroit, Michigan. The building is located at 485 West Milwaukee Avenue, and is located across the street from Cadillac Place. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.[1]


The building was constructed in 1928 and finished in 1930. The high-rise stands at 11 floors, with 10 above-ground and one basement level. The height to the main roof is 42.7 meters (140 feet), and 56.3 metres (180 feet) to the top of the elevator tower. The 275-unit structure structure is an Art Deco building, and uses primarily brick and limestone in its materials.

History and renovations

This building, designed by Albert Kahn, was a former laboratory building for General Motors, which operated from Cadillac Place across West Milwaukee Street. General Motors recently donated it to the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. It is in use as both a charter high school for art-centric children, as well as CCS's planned graduate program. On top of these uses, CCS moved much of their Industrial Design Undergraduate program to this location, providing the space for a larger student body, and subsequently larger program. In addition, the building houses approximately 300 in student housing. It is also a school; Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, having the sixth through twelfth grade. The $145 million renovation was completed in fall 2009. In 2012, Shinola renovated the fifth floor and turned it into their corporate office as well as a watch factory and bicycle workshop.


External links

  • Google Maps location of The Argonaut
  • The Argonaut at
  •'s profile on The Argonaut
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