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If you’ve seen some of my earlier photos you might think this looks familiar. It's because this building was inspired by a subject of one of my other posts, my university, or now former university.

This is my former high school, Fordson High School.

Built between 1926 and 1928 and designed by H.J. Keough, a Detroit architect, it was proclaimed the most beautiful school in Michigan by the State Superintendent of Education. It is an English Renaissance/Gothic style. It was also the first high school to cost more than 1 million dollars. It cost 2.2 million dollars.

Its plan is H shaped with a 442 foot long main wing connecting the two ends. A newer third wing extends down the middle in back. Each section is devoted to certain subjects. The main tower seen here is the main entrance to the library which extends across the upper floor to the left and right while offices make up the ground floor.

This building was inspired by the University of Michigan's Lawyers' Club, the Memorial Quadrangle at Yale and Rushton and Apethorpe halls in Northamptonshire, England.

On the exterior is granite and Briar Hill sandstone trim. The library has hand carved oak paneling, a fireplace, painted wall murals by Zoltan Sepeschy, tapestires and Jacobean fumed-oak furnishings.

The building was also equipped with a swimming pool, greenhouse, laboratories and an auditorium. The auditorium and library have been faithfully maintained. There was also a concrete stadium with seating for 5000 but that has been replaced by bleachers now. The main entry through these doors contains busts of famous Greek philosophers and mathematicians as well as a Fordson Tractor, a Ford built tractor, which is our mascot.

The other two high schools in the city both pale next to this in appearance since they were both built in the post-war years as international style glass and brick boxes.

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