Detroit Design Festival
September 24, 2016 7pm, University of Detroit Mercy
Drinks x Design UNESCO City of Design – Design Crawl
Partnering with the Parducci Society
September 8, 2016 5:30-8:30pm
About the film
When architectural sculptor Corrado Parducci arrived in Detroit in 1924, he left his fingerprints on hundreds of buildings during the building boom. Parducci’s story is of an Italian immigrant who overcomes hardships throughout his life, and without seeing notoriety for his work, becomes one of our country’s top architectural sculptors.
About Corrado Parducci
Corrado Parducci was an Italian immigrant who worked with the finest architectural firms in New York before moving to Detroit
in 1924 during the city’s building boom. For decades he worked as an architectural sculptor in the metro Detroit area and completed almost 600 commissions in his job book. Some of his works include the Guardian, Buhl, Penobscot and Fisher Buildings in Detroit; the Ann Arbor News and Rackham Graduate School in Ann Arbor; the County Courthouse in Kalamazoo; and the Civic Auditorium and Grand Rapids Trust Co. in Grand Rapids. He was truly the man who made our built environment beautiful and stayed in his adopted hometown until his death in 1981.
“When you come to Detroit, you’re surrounded by all this amazing architecture and it’s hard not to fall in love with it. Both the beauty of the buildings themselves and the stories of the people who built these monuments. And it’s almost impossible to take in Detroit’s architecture and not stumble across the work of Corrado Parducci. He’s just everywhere. “ said Dan Austin, author of HistoricDetroit.org.