1945: General Motors reception Amanda April 14, 2014 1940-1949, Places 7 CommentsFavourited 18 times Add to favourites General Motors Technical Center, Warren, Michigan, 1945; 1946-56. Design Center interior with stair in background. 7 Responses T. J. Cassidy April 14, 2014 This looks like 1955, not 1945. Reply K. Aidekman April 15, 2014 GM styling then was all about the future. The design expresses that philosophy. Reply Bobby Pittman April 15, 2014 With a 1957 Rambler and Chevy outside the window, it’s 1956 at the earliest. If the design was already at least elven years old, very impressive! Reply Charles A Cornell April 15, 2014 These photos were taken after 1954 when the GM Technical Center in Warren Michigan was built. Several cars in the parking lot are later models, not 1945 vintage. These pictures are the lobby of the GM Design Center office building. The stairs are still there. The half-sphere reception desk is not. - Charles, works at GM Tech Center ( but not this building) Reply crankyd May 12, 2014 Charles, thanks for clarifying the dates. My father worked at the Tech Center for almost 30 years, retiring as a Senior Modeler. I have some great memories of being able to go on family tours as a kid and it was way more fun than the thought of going to Disneyland. In case some of you don’t know, the entire Tech Center campus was designed by famed architect Eero Saarinen. This was easily the very finest of architectural vision of it’s time. Reply Gerry Millet April 15, 2014 It is hard to see this as a 1945 photo series when there are fifties era Chevys sitting out front. Reply Randall Rose April 18, 2014 These GM pics were actually taken with the woman at the reception desk sometime in the early to mid 1950s. You tell buy the cars in the background. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.