ESD Hosts Networking Event At Historic Rackham Building

DETROIT — Nearly 100 members and guests of The Engineering Society of Detroit enjoyed networking and refreshments at ESD’s historic home Wednesday night in an event called “Welcome to the Future.”

The event was held in the beautiful marble lobby and upstairs meeting rooms of the Rackham Building, across Farnsworth Street from the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit’s resurgent Midtown neighborhood.

ESD, the world’s largest multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific society, moved into the Rackham Building in 1942 and stayed there through the 1990s. Today part of the building houses Wayne State University’s hearing and speech pathology clinics, classrooms and offices.

“Welcome To The Future” celebrated ESD’s past — and offered a look at its future, including establishing student chapters at Michigan’s top 25 engineering colleges and universities.

Here’s a collection of photos from the event.

 

 

 

Sculpture over the member entrance to the ESD section of the Rackham Building.
Sculpture over the member entrance to the ESD section of the Rackham Building.

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A memorial to Horace Rackham, whose legacy, the Rackham Educational Foundation, funded the Rackham Building and the ESD's growth.
A memorial to Horace Rackham, whose legacy, the Rackham Educational Foundation, funded the Rackham Building and the ESD’s growth.
Photos of earlier years' ESD events at the Rackham Building.
Photos of earlier years’ ESD events at the Rackham Building.
A variety of 1950s-era ESD programs were highlighted in these brochures -- including radio astronomy, color TV and atomic power.
A variety of 1950s-era ESD programs were highlighted in these brochures — including radio astronomy, color TV and atomic power.

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Blueprints of the Rackham Building
Blueprints of the Rackham Building.
The Rackham Building's lobby was the scene for food and drink at "Welcome to the Future."
The Rackham Building’s lobby was the scene for food and drink at “Welcome to the Future.”

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Announcements of ESD’s Christmas parties of years past.
An ESD event on the novel technology of color television.
An ESD event on the novel technology of color television.

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In this undated photo and press release, the ESD's first architect president is honored.
In this undated photo and press release, the ESD’s first architect president is honored.
A Christmas party for kids was an ESD tradition at the Rackham Building.
A Christmas party for kids was an ESD tradition at the Rackham Building.
The Rackham Building once boasted a banquet hall, a restaurant -- even a bowling alley, all for the recreation of engineer members.
The Rackham Building once boasted a banquet hall, a restaurant — even a bowling alley, all for the recreation of engineer members.
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If you read this closely, it’s for a debate on the pros and cons of the St. Lawrence Seaway, which links the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. The pros won — we got easier shipping, but also alewives, zebra mussels, etc.

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Upstairs in the Mary Rackham Room, a former Rackham Building meeting room.
Upstairs in the Mary Rackham Room, a former Rackham Building meeting room.

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