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Grosse Pointe High School
11 Grosse Pointe Boulevard, Grosse Pointe Farms - Wayne County
Other Names Grosse Pointe South High School
Property Type school
Historic Use EDUCATION/school
Current Use EDUCATION/school
Style Colonial Revival
Architect/Builder George J. Haas
Narrative Description Grosse Pointe High School is a two-story, hip-roof, Georgian Revival brick building trimmed in grey Indiana limestone. It has a main central mass in front with side-gable roofs, and is somewhat I-shaped in plan, with the bottom "flange" of the I forming the main part of the facade. It is flanked on either side by a hip-roof wing attached at a forty-five-degree angle, with a flat-roof, rear addition. The main portion of the building is crowned by a central clock tower rising 133 feet in height, and is fronted by a four-column portico of the Corinthian order surmounted by a triangular pediment displaying dentils and modillions. The portico shelters three two-story high, round-arch windows, the central one containing an entrance in its lower portion. Both the ends of the forty-five-degree-angle wings and the ends of the front facade of the central mass of the building display broken pediments and quoining along with palladian windows. A balustrade crowns the roofline on the side-gable roof of the street-facing part of the building's central area, and is topped by rectangular brick chimneys. In general, the school's public spaces reflect a variety of historic styles. The library, now known as Cleminson Hall, as well as the auditorium, seems to be Georgian-inspired.
Statement of Significance Grosse Pointe High School has architectural significance as a fine example of Georgian Revival design in an educational building. It has historical significance as the oldest high school building in Grosse Pointe Farms. In addition, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered a speech at the school on March 14, 1968, three weeks before his assassination.
Marker Name Grosse Pointe High School
Marker Text Completed in 1928, this Neo-Georgian school, with its 134-foot-tall clock tower, is reminiscent of eighteenth-century buildings like Philadelphia's Independence Hall. Detroit architect George J. Haas designed the school with the most modern equipment and fashionable accoutrements. The school's Program of Dedication noted that the goal was to "create in appearance an expression in brick and mortar of the idealism of the public school in community and individual life." The hallways are lined with pink Tennessee marble and the doorways are crowned with plaster cornices. Murals in the library, by Edgar Louis Yaeger, were commissioned by the Works Progress Administration in 1938. In 1968 the school was renamed Grosse Pointe South High School.
Period of Significance 1901-1930
Significant Date(s) 1928 - 1973
Registry Type(s) 03/24/1993 Marker erected
05/20/1993 National Register listed
12/17/1992 State Register listed
Site ID# P25470