So this place got leveled suddenly ! I heard about it from BuildingsOfDetroit, and I just couldnt believe it. But sure enough. I read that it was an Episcopal seminary building, but I can’t really find anything on it.
Heres a few photos of it before the demo that I shot recently. I have a whole set I did that includes the remaining interiors, but I still have to find those.
Here is what the site looked today. Toast !
The newer looking church must have been an addition to the original layout, as it used to sit directly behind the seminary structure.
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.