not all those who wander are lost

Wilbur Wright High School, 1929 – new addition, 1941. This building was decommissioned by Detroit Public Schools and originally had some interest in redevelopment. That faded quickly and now the structure has been left open to elements, graffiti and scrappers. Originally a technical school, Wilbur Wright was a school of performing arts in its final days.

An ironic poster left over from its final days.

The halls and classrooms are now stripped of everything that resembled a school. I crept in, alert to the unnerving sounds of scrappers and their tools working hard on the buildings carcass.

The remaining school murals tell a sad tale of an institution that had once taught gifted children music, art and dance.

Water gushes through many parts of the building.

After climbing to the third floor, I found what I came here for.

Walls torn open by scrappers seeking valuable copper. Perhaps they were dismayed to find only worthless galvanized pipe.

One last view of the soon to be demolished Tiger Stadium as I left the building – the sound of the scrappers was getting closer, and I need to secure my exit.

Rest easy Wilbur Wright. Hopefully they will demolish this building soon, and put it out of its current misery.

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