In 1910 the Detroit City Planning Commission, under the administration of Mayor Philip Breitmeyer, asked Edward H. Bennett, a well-known urban planner, to prepare suggestions for the orderly development of the fast-growing city, including a center of arts and letters. In this 1915 study Bennett proposed the Cultural Center, comprised first of a new public library and art museum. In the 1940s a later master plan for Detroit expanded the Cultural Center to include other museums, a medical center, and an expanded campus for Wayne State University.
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