Historic Detroit

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Calvin Coolidge Elementary - Photos

The exterior of the building features stone cartouches depicting academic, athletic, and Michigan themes. The facade also features multicolored diamond-pattern brickwork and limestone and formed-stone window frames.

The first school unit (1926) was a symmetrical rectangular block with seven classrooms, a kindergarten, and a library arranged along a single double-loaded corridor.

The school was more than doubled in size just 3 years shortly after the original building opened. The addition contained ten regular classrooms, as well as three larger specialty classrooms for art, industrial arts, and home economics. The addition also added a gym and locker rooms.

A small classroom addition in 1941 added four additional classrooms and restored the symmetry of the main (north) elevation

The final expansion added six more classrooms and a large auditorium.