2761 East Jefferson
William Kapp 1925. Neo – Romanesque. This was originally designed for the radio and advertising studios of G. H. Phelps.
This is the “town crier” Corrado Parducci sculpture – all grown over with vines.
Here is Parducci’s Town Crier several years ago.
This post is the theater and murals from The Players Club.
The Players, founded in 1911. This club house was built in 1926.
William E. Kapp: Architect
Corrado Parducci: Stone Sculptor
Paul Honore: Muralist
Sixteenth century English Renaissance.
Continuous use as a playhouse throughout its entire history.
I apologize for not having my regular camera, these are with a point and shoot. You can get the idea of the pure majesty of this place enough from these snapshots, it really is incredible.
Flats and rigging
Here is a charcoal drawing of one of the Players formal black tie events held in the theater. The events are every bit as formal today.
This is a similar viewpoint to the drawing.
This is looking toward the front above the stage.
This is the Paul Honore mural that got the $2000.00 make over. What a powerful image.
This urn contains ashes of former Players !
Let’s take a look back stage
You can visit the Players Club website by clicking here, learn more about them and maybe stop by and see a show. Definitely one of Detroit’s jewels.
If you look close on this dingy Google Maps image, you can see the restoration scaffolds, and you can even tell that a few of the Parducci grotesques are missing.