Piece description from the artist
Cadillac Place (General Motors Building) – New Center – Detroit | 1922, Alfred Kahn
Cadillac Place is a Neo-Classical landmark office building in the New Center district of Detroit, and is the former headquarters of the General Motors corporation. In 2001, the last of the offices were moved to the GM Renaissance Center in Downtown and the building was transferred to New Center Development. It completed the nation's largest historic renovation projects in 2002, and now houses the Government of Michigan. The former executive office suite now houses space for Michigan's governor and attorney general.
The building rises 15 stories to a total height of 220 ft and upon opening had 1,200,000 sq ft of usable space, making it the second largest office building in the world at the time.
The scale of the building, even now, is impressive: 15,000 tons of steel, 4 miles of corridors, 3,500 offices, 5,148 windows containing more than 7 acres of glass and 30 acres of floor space. If you laid its 8.8 million bricks end to end, they would stretch for 1,110 miles. It had two swimming pools, tennis and handball courts, 19 bowling alleys, nine auto showrooms and a four-story laboratory. As the tallest show in the neighborhood, it was said that on a clear day the 220-foot building could be seen from 20 miles away.
Ashland grew up in Southeast Virginia surrounded by lush rural landscapes, great protected swamp lands, national & state parks, the Chesapeake Bay, the Eastern Shore, the breathtaking Skyline Drive & Blue Ridge Mountains, and the inlets & oceans of Virginia & North Carolina.
It was this constant variation in natural beauty that first drew his eye to the camera; that, and the constant joy of capturing life's candid moments on film. Although no particular subject is banned from the lens of Ashland's camera, it is landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife, and nature that truly captures his heart.
"There's always more to see, more to learn, more to be wowed about-I just hope you enjoy what I see in the world."
A constant staple on the likes of Instagram, Flickr, and Facebook, Ashland currently resides in Chicago, Illinois, and looks forward to many more years of development, collaboration, creativity, world travel, and art.