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David Mackenzie High School on the West Side.

A gorgeous building decked out with colorful Art Deco Pewabic tile work all the way around.

The school opened in September 1928, so I am not sure why there are differing dates on the actual structure. Build completion or addition dates perhaps.

This entrance was added in 1950

This building IS sealed up about as proper as anybody could expect under the circumstances.

But this doesn’t mean that the scrappers are not trying their damnedest to get inside the structure.

So it appears they are crawling up to the roof, and are either attacking or trying to steal the Pewabic tile adornments.

The entire periphery is littered with shattered pewabic glazed terracotta brick work..

Here are the makers marks on the terracotta bricks, probably registration numbers to coordinate where each brick goes on the design.

And what of the amazing Pewabic clock that faces the back fields ? ?

iiieeeeeeeeeee….. Well, some of it is still there.

It looks like somebody tried to “harvest” it.

What a gorgeous school building, and what a bummer its getting wrecked in spite of being properly mothballed.

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10 Responses to Mackenzie High School

  • I graduated from Mckenzie High in January 1949. The outside was an eyeful but the interior was outstanding with a orchestra rehersal room for 90 and photo lab and facilities that would match the mega high schools now being used in the Chicago suburbs.
    It’a sad but we used it well.

  • Holy Living Shit.

    It’s unimaginable to think that something so gorgeouse could be created.

    Now it’s beige shopping mall-sized nightmares.

    What happened to our culture?

  • Well especially with the Iraq war – metals and scrap spiked dramatically in price. But even before the war, copper scrapping was profitable.

  • How profitable is it for scrappers to go after certain materials? Is it really worth the effort?

  • That’s by far the most beautiful school structure I’ve ever seen….my goodness, how is this not being saved?

  • This must of been one of the most beautiful structures in Detroit in its day which is saying quite a lot since this city really had beauty at one time.

    I kind of envy my parent’s generation in respect to Detroit. Those that were born in the teens and 20’s saw the city at its peak.

    It’s a shame…….

  • A bankrupt school system with dozens of buildings it will probably never use again, in a city that is broke, in a county that is broke, in a state that is broke.

    I can not imagine what it already costs to pay the security company to come bolt those steel barriers over every single entry point 360 around the property.

    It just comes down to ‘no money’. And you have to give the system credit for trying to save some of the structures. Ive seen others mothballed in this way.

    And while I was taking photos, a car drove into the lot and stopped to look at what I was doing. After observing for a minute, he decided I wasnt an issue and went on his way. So people in that hood are trying.

    Does this mean all the furniture, computers, books and children’s records are still inside this one ? Because that would still be outrageous.

  • What a gorgeous building. What does it say about a society that will allow the desecration of private property with impunity ? Isn’t there something that can be done to keep the destructive asswipes away from these places?

  • Wow this is really beautiful.

  • Really? Can any modern school even touch this? Beautiful.

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