The University Club
The University Club was a fraternal organization where the city’s educated men could go to hang out. You had to graduated from a college in order to be a member of the club. The organization was founded in 1899. The building moved several times before it would move into it’s final home on East Jefferson in 1931. This building was designed by the architectural firm Smith, Hinchman & Grylls. It was considered to be a true architectural masterpiece because of it’s elegance. It was complete with racket ball courts. There were also 24 bedrooms on the third floor. The University Club went bankrupt in 1992. The YWCA took over until 2008 when it eventually went abandoned. The structure was sold 2 years later and was demolished in 2013.
Picture 1: Library 2009
Picture 2: Library 2011
Picture 3: Ballroom 2009
Picture 4: Ballroom 2011
I noticed you had pictures of Jones Elem, in Detroit. I was a student there from 1969-1975. I am the one who painted the portrait of Pres. Lincoln in that room. It was used as the lunchroom and the auditorium. Mr. Berlin was the art teacher at the time. It was a wonderful school.
You are kidding me? So cool……how did you hear about me. Check me out more on Detroit Unseen on Facebbook and Twitter. I think that is so cool. Jones aka Garvey School is getting scrapped so badly that it is barely standing now.
Excellent…Im still living in Cass Corridor. Still exploring….obviously. My facebook and twitter is Detroit Unseen. My exploring partner is actually John aka Detroit Urbex. We go all the time. I am now working at Ryan Correctional Facility as a counselor. What about you?
Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School
Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School was originally slated for closure in 2007, but was kept open by neighborhood protesters. Enrollment at Holmes started rapidly decrease shortly after and never recovered. With a capacity of 637, just 330 students were enrolled in 2008. In 2008, O.W. Holmes was one of the few DPS schools with a majority white student population. As part of the 2010 master facilities plan, O. W. Holmes was scheduled for closure in 2012. The students were moved to the new Munger School. O.W. Holmes was demolished in October of 2013.
Here is a few more pictures from my all access pass to the Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan.
Photo #1: Famous people will often sign this “wall of fame” that is located near the dressing rooms. You can clearly read Frank Sinatra front and center.
Photo #2: Even the bathrooms are extravagant at the Fox Theater. This fireplace is located right outside the bathrooms in the basement of the theater. All original in decoration and design, there is no theater in the world like the Fox.
Thanks to Sean for the all access pass to the all-too gorgeous Fox Theater.
The Fox Theatre is an ornate performing arts center in the United States, located at 2211 Woodward Avenue in downtown, Detroit. It opened in 1928 as a flagship movie palace, as part of the Fox Theater chain, it is noted as the first theater designed and built to include a speaker system for sound films. The area surrounding the Fox in downtown Detroit is nicknamed Foxtown, in large part because the Fox is so famous.
The Fox has 5,048 seats (5,174 seats if removable seats placed in the raised orchestra pit are included). It is the largest surviving movie palace of the 1920s and the largest of the original Fox Theatres. The Fox was actually partly vacant in the 1980’s and fully restored in 1988 (THANK GOD!!!!). The adjacent office building houses the headquarters of Mike Illitch’s Little Ceasers Pizza empire.
Here is another post of the former Kresge/K-Mart Headquarters. I was very lucky to get into this beautiful building. I had a neighborhood meeting in one of the conference rooms. Instead of paying attention to the meeting and taking notes, I wondered off and went searching for photographs to take. After all, this is what urban explorers do best. I snuck out of the meeting and went to explore the massive complex. I was able to shoot the entire first floor and the second floor, and then I got caught on the third floor. Some security guard said that he saw me on camera and said I didn’t have the “clearance” to be upstairs. “Clearance? Seriously?” Like I was at the damn White House or something. Anyway, I explained who I was and he let me go and told me to go back to the meeting. So I went on back down to the first floor, despite wanting to go up the stairs to the fourth floor. So like I said, I got very lucky. I didn’t get to go up past the third floor, but I was able to photograph most of the important rooms/details. It was quite a location to explore and I’m glad I got the opportunity to do so. It was just another famous/historic location that I get to add to the list. Enjoy!
Kresge is also known as K-Mart. The Kresge World Headquarters. is a limestone-faced building, constructed in the shape of a large E with the wings pointing away from the park. It covers a city block, and has 250,000 square feet of office space. The central pavilion facing Cass Park is five-and-a-half stories; the wings are only four stories. The building is a mix of styles, with both Terra Cotta and Art Deco. The ordered rows of windows emphasize the horizontal, while the classical Doric pilasters at the entrance emphasize the vertical. A band course separates the fourth floor from the lower levels, and the floors above have smaller windows that nevertheless resemble the lower-tier windows. The interior uses polished granite for the entrance with inlaid walnut paneling. Kresge used these offices until the firm moved to Troy, MI in 1972. For some years after that, the building was used by the Detroit Institute of Technology. The building is part of Wayne State, and has been used in part as an incubator for tech start-up firms known as the Metropolitan Center for High Technology. Offices for some Wayne State departments are still located in this building.
Detroit Yacht Club
Well I know that the Detroit Yacht Club is certainly NOT abandoned, but it is largely unseen by the public eye, therefore, it is DETROIT UNSEEN. Sometimes I like to include some of Detroit’s true architectural gems on the Detroit Unseen Tumblr because most people don’t and/or won’t see these places in their lifetime. Since I was so lucky to have been able to photograph and explore them, I though that this would also be a great way to share them. An example of this is when I posted the Masonic Temple a while back. So here is another great example. The Detroit Yacht Club is a VERY private place. It is also a very unique and exquisite structure that has some of the most gorgeous architectural detail in Detroit. The Detroit Yacht Club is a private marina and sailing club off of Belle Isle. The Detroit Yacht Club clubhouse is a Mediterranean-style villa that is the largest yacht club in the Unites States. It was designed by famed architect George Mason, who also designed the Masonic Temple, and built in 1922-1923.