AIA Guide to Flint Architecture

Flint Arch Guide #14Spring has arrived in Flint, Michigan! It’s time to go outside and enjoy the beautiful architecture our city has to offer. It’s an easy walk from our office,  Sedgwick & Ferweda Architects, to the city’s most prominent buildings.

One of the best ways we enjoy the nearby architecture is the AIA Guide to Flint Architecture. The guide features thirty of the city’s finest architecture including residential, civic, and commercial. The guide  spans over a century of architecture, late 19th to the early 21st centuries.

The AIA Guide to Flint Architecture gives a brief history and states the architectural significance of the buildings featured. The first page includes a welcome address from the AIA Guide to Flint Architecture Committee Chair:Flint Arch Guide #3

 Welcome to Flint…

Flint is similar to many other northern cities, where a community developed because of its proximity to natural resources. Flint was born around the river, with its shallow crossing and along a trail formed by Native Americans centuries ago. Yet Flint is unique because it has seen several industries come and go throughout its history, and still it survives. First, there was lumbering, then carriage manufacturing and finally, the automobile industry. The city that was the birthplace of General Motors has experienced triumph and tragedy, perhaps as no other city has. But like other cities, Flint’s architecture is a portal to its own unique identity.

Flint Arch Guide #17Our built environment is more than a shelter or convenience. Our buildings become “placemakers” in the human experience of daily life. They can alert us when to turn a corner or identify where we are in the world. Architecture is a powerful force in both our conscience and sub-conscience. It manipulates our senses to excite, inspire, intimidate or comfort and console us. Architecture affects every aspect of our daily life and in doing so, it becomes so much a part of our daily routine that we are oblivious to it.

It is the hope of the AIA Flint that this guide will heighten the awareness of Flint’s built environment for resident and visitor alike. As AIA members and design professionals, we know that design matters and that good design can and will bring about more livable communities for all.

Flint Arch Guide #26Of the 30 buildings featured some of our favorites, within walking distance of our offices, include:

Capitol Theater  I  140 E. Second Street (#3)

Flint City Hall  I  111 S. Saginaw Street (#14)

Halo Burger and Vernors Mural  I  800 S. Saginaw Street (#17)

Paterson House  I  307 E. Third Street (#26)

AIA Guide to Flint Architecture http://www.aiaflint.com/community/guide-to-flint-architecture/


Fitness By Design

Our firm, Sedgwick & Ferweda Architects, is known for designing buildings that enhance human life— especially healthcare and fitness facilities. We design beautiful and functional facilities that are unique. We enjoy using the latest technology and collaborating with our clients to develop their dream facilities like this fitness facility at the Tank Automotive Command.

The curvilinear fitness facility enhances the workout environment for US Army soldiers at the Detroit Arsenal Army Garrison. Our design approach was to create a striking addition in balance with the existing structure’s proportions and materials. The elegantly curved structure is eye-catching and prominent.

The interior is spacious, accommodating work-out equipment and cross-training machines, plus plenty of personal space for users. The design is oriented around a central concierge desk and media center to keep service men and women motivated and subsequently fit  .

This is a really special facility that we are proud to have designed.



Citizens Bank

A recent survey of our 50+ year old firm’s archives produced this fantastic black and white photo documenting  Citizens Bank  design and built in the 1970s. This photo was taken shortly after construction– notice the telltale 1970s fashions and cars .

Located on Hill Rd, near the intersection of Hill Rd and Fenton Rd, this design showcases several innovations including  pneumatic tube drive-thru and  weathering steel.  It was the first pneumatic tube drive-thru in the Flint area and set a standard for bank design.

The steel and brick design features weathering steel —  new product in the early 1970s. The minimalist design also features a curtain wall, flanking the entire north wall of the building, bringing the lovely ambient light from the northern exposure inside.

The arch opening in the brick wall to the west reveals a private garden. The wall serves two purposes. First, obscured the view of the parking lot sobank managers could enjoy a garden view from their offices. Second, it was the perfect location for bank signage.

This bank building certainly has stood the test of time. Despite ownership by several different bank companies over the years it has stayed true to its design purpose.

East Grand Traverse Bay House

It’s March in Michigan and spring is just around the corner. At Sedgewick and Ferweda Architectss we look forward to the warmer months enjoying the great lakes— especially Grand Traverse Bay .

Stunning views and crystal clear water is the perfect setting for a house on East Grand Traverse Bay. This single family residence, designed by our Michael J. Murphy, offers a lakeside refuge from the owner’s daily routine in southeast Michigan. The house is oriented to take full advantage of the beautiful panoramic views of East Grand Traverse Bay from atop the lakeside wooded bluff. The lake and Mission Point Peninsula are both visible from the front entry, allowing the viewer to take center stage as the house blends into its surroundings.

The compact footprint is designed to the lot size but also allows neighbors adjacent to the residence equal access and unobstructed views of Lake Michigan . With three levels of finished living space, the house can comfortably accommodate the owners and their weekend guests. It is a relaxing, Michigan-style getaway retreat .


Archinect News

Newsmakers: Dispatch from Flint How Architects Can Help, Archinect Sessions 54

Sedgewick & Ferweda Architects’  own, Kurt Neiswender, AIA  talks with Archinect News  about the Flint Water Crisis —  Listen to episode 54 of Archinect Sessions, “Dispatch from Flint” :


The tragedy of Flint, Michigan’s water crisis seems to worsen with every newly uncovered detail. As a man made public health crisis provoked by willful denial and compromised safety standards, the entirely preventable poisoning of Flint’s water supply with lead stands not only as a failure to care for the citizens of one city, but as a dreadful harbinger for the U.S.’s deteriorating infrastructure networks.

Like any concerned citizen, Filnt-based architect Kurt Neiswender sees this as a call to action to help any way he can. Kurt joins us on the podcast this week to discuss how architects might apply their skills to improve such a monstrous situation, and address the real limitations the profession has when it comes to these scenarios.