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Yamasaki reflecting pools at Wayne State restored

May 2, 2013

Wayne State University staged a rededication ceremony Wednesday -- the reflecting pools that were designed by renowned architect Minoru Yamasaki. The pools are once again filled with water, which, combined with the simple white surfaces, rocks, sculpture and the neighboring McGregor Memorial Conference Center, give the spot on the north end of campus a Zen-like peacefulness. The funds comes from donor gifts as well as campus enhancement and beautification funds. WSU alumna Carol Jonson also created an endowed fund to help support the upkeep of the pool and the surrounding sculpture court. "The McGregor Building and its reflecting pools are a distinct part of an already beautiful campus," WSU President Allan Gilmour said in a statement. "Investing in this project is a wonderful way to honor the legacy of a great architect and the history of Wayne State at the same time." A gallery of historic images is included.