The Macomb County Building in Mount Clemens. This building has absolutely far out sculptural details. Contracted for construction by the Otto Misch Company on March 13, 1931. Designed by George J. Haas.
Year built: started in 1931
Partially occupied in 1933
Substantially finished in 1944.
Height: 13 stories, rising 219 feet above street level
The top of the structure is ringed by heads of military personnel such as air force, navy and marines – but also of a Revolutionary War soldier and an American Indian. [Funny how we love to celebrate the people who were conquered and killed by putting up statues and naming streets and states and cities after them.] The sailor and marine face Cass Avenue, and the soldier and air force gaze toward Selfridge Air Base.
Also represented are the mighty American Bison. Again, a creature revered and almost worshiped by American Indians – destroyed and slaughtered to near extinction by the invading Euro – caucasians.
Global politics aside, check out this massive sculptural relief.
On the facade of the building we have two striking reliefs – one of Justice
And another – an architect ? Perhaps this signifies a lawmaker.
The plaques that ring the building are just as fascinating – a water bearer
And the reaper. Simultaneously signifying abundance, and death.