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.

Source: http://www.shorpy.com/node/10218?size=_original

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About Jeffrey S. Buck

I'm currently a Project Manager at Cypress Partners, LLC in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. I graduated from Wayne State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism. Looking to broaden my view of the world, I spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Salford, a Greater Manchester University in England. I enjoy doing an array of activities, including following Detroit sports teams, SCUBA diving, traveling, reading, playing tennis, hand-written letters and going to the movies. I am the co-founder of the Woodward Spine, a blog about Detroit and its surrounding communities. The Woodward Spine aims to inform its readers about relevant news and events through creative and informative posts in these core areas: news, opinion, entertainment, history, sports and development. The Woodward Spine serves the tri-county metro Detroit area, concentrating mainly on the communities that lie along the Woodward corridor.
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