Wayne State University; Buildings; Old Main; Recent


Circa 1930s. Exterior image of Old Main viewed from behind and to the side of building from upper floor of building most likely on Merrick Avenue west of Second Avenue. Several buildings and streets are labeled (Detroit Public Library, Maccabees Bldg, Webster Hall). Malcomson and Higginbotham, 1896. Originally Central High School, Old Main is Wayne State’s place of origin and now a university icon. The stately Romanesque Revival composition is softened by the buff-colored brick. Under the leadership of David Mackenzie, a junior college was begun in the building in 1917. In 1926, high school classes left the building and the growing college took over all the space in the stately structure. Dated 1935.

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