Old Main and Wayne State University

Wayne State University

Wayne State University, photo by kmaz.

Wayne State University is Michigan’s only urban research university. The 203 acre campus is in Detroit’s University Cultural Center. The main campus and six extension centers are attended by 33,000 graduate and undergraduate students in 13 schools and colleges that offer more than 350 major subject areas.

Wikipedia’s Wayne State University entry says that the university was established in 1868 as the Detroit Medical College. Five more schools were added over the years and in the early 1930s the Detroit Board of Education organized them to form Wayne University. The building pictured is Old Main (c. 1904 photo of Old Main), about which Wikipedia says:

Old Main, originally called “Main Building”, was built December 13, 1894. It was the first major building of Wayne State University. Originally, every course offered was located in Old Main. It was built over a four year period out of limestone quarried from the land directly in front of it. The structure was designed by the architects Malcomson & Higginbotham and contained 103 classrooms, laboratories, offices, and residential space for 3000 students.

…Today, Old Main serves as the home of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences of Wayne State University as well as accommodating many other classes of different subject matters.

See this bigger in Konrad’s Wayne State University slideshow.

2 thoughts on “Old Main and Wayne State University

  1. I’m assuming you are referring to Structure #6, and yes that is where the photo was taken. It actually has a great view of the city at night too.


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