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McFarlane School - Photos

The backside of the building in April 2023

Theater entrance at the southwest corner of the building. This image shows the large 1951 addition, which used a modern architectural style while still matching the overall character of the original building.

First floor main corridor

Classrooms in the older north unit feature plaster walls, built-in cabinetry and wood window frames.

Another classroom. Picture taken in April 2023

The school auditorium is a large, utilitarian box. The auditorium is accessed through a vestibule that can be closed off from the rest of the school. This picture shows conditions as of April 2023

The gym was constructed in 1925 as part of the original school, though it has been updated since.

Built-in lockers inside the gym

The Detroit Public School system, successor to the Detroit Board of Education, permanently closed the school in 2010 and subsequently sold the property to the City of Detroit in 2015.

The William A. McFarlane Elementary School was erected in the Greenfield Township in 1925, with nine rooms, and a capacity of 420 students

Some more exterior images showing the school in April 2023

Some more exterior images showing the school in April 2023