Shorpy Saturday – McGraw Building: 1908

By Jeffrey Buck

We lost the Lafayette building last year to the wrecking ball. It was evidently to much of an eye sore for the guests and residents of the newly renovated Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. With Lafayette on my mind I came across this gem. I hope we start saving buildings by properly closing them off from copper thieves in hopes to one day return them to their former glory instead of losing them altogether. Downtown Detroit doesn’t need another surface parking lot.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “McGraw Building: 1908“:

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1908. “McGraw Building and Michigan Savings Bank.” At the corner of Griswold and Lafayette, this earlier portrayal of the building shown in the previous post affords a better view of the Lafayette Barber Shop, home of “Electric Vibration Face & Scalp Treatment.” 8×10 glass negative.




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