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  • Wayne State University; Buildings; Libraries 2; Old Main Library

    Circa 1930s. Interior image of woman in stacks. Originally Central High School, Old Main is WSU’s place of origin and a now university icon. Malcomson and Higginbothan Architects, 1896, the stately Romanesque Revival composition is softened considerably by the buff-colored brick.

  • Wayne State University; Buildings; Libraries 2; Old Main Library

    Circa 1930s. Interior image of students in library. Originally Central High School, Old Main is WSU’s place of origin and a now university icon. Malcomson and Higginbothan Architects, 1896, the stately Romanesque Revival composition is softened considerably by the buff-colored brick.

  • Wayne State University; Buildings; Old Main; Interior

    Circa 1930s. Image of several students standing in hallway. 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.

  • Wayne State University; Buildings; Old Main; Recent

    Circa 1930s. Exterior image of Old Main. View from Cass and Hancock looking north. 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 stat…