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New award to recognize exceptional Detroit craftsmanship

A Parducci relief

It used to be, in Detroit and elsewhere, that exceptional craftsmanship was recognized and appreciated. The Parducci Society, a nonprofit named after the famed Detroit sculpture Corrado Parducci, and dedicated to the preservation and promotion of architectural craft, is hoping to change that.

The society has announced its first presentation of the Craftsman Award, which "will recognize a craftsman, tradesperson, or design professional who has made a lasting contribution to the vibrancy of architecture and the built environment in metro Detroit."

"The need for an award grew from our Detroit Design Festival panel discussion in September where we had a really rich conversation based on craftsmanship, preservation, and Detroit's revitalization," said Jennifer Baross, president of the Parducci Society, in a statement. "It was apparent that there is a void of such a recognition in Detroit—and Michigan."

[Read our interview with Baross about Parducci's legacy in Detroit]

Nominations are being accepted between now and Feb. 23. The award will be presented at the Parducci Society's 5th Annual Tribute Party at Meadow Brook Hall on Thursday, March 22nd. 

Eligible nominees must have made "architectural ornamentation projects both new and restorations, that show outstanding skill and merit and that have been completed within the past two to three years."

Nominate a project for the Craftsman Award here. Tickets to the Parducci Society's annual tribute can be purchase here.
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