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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.