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Old Main - Photos

The northern facade (far east side) along Warren Avenue

The northern facade (far west side) along Warren Avenue

Old Main's clock tower has been a Midtown landmark for more than 100 years.

The door on the Warren Avenue (north) side of the building

Old Main opened as Central High School in 1896.

The main entrance to Old Main

Old Main has a band of intricate reliefs.

Detail of Old Main's band of intricate reliefs.

The building has a band of intricate reliefs.

Old Main's clock tower has been a Midtown landmark for more than 100 years.

The Elaine Jacobs Wing, with the modern addition, on Old Main's west side

The venerable clock tower of venerable Old Main

Old Main has been a Wayne State University landmark since the school's founding - and was a high school before that.

Old Main and the south end of Wayne State University's campus, as seen from the roof of the Maccabees Building

The cornerstone for Old Main with the incorrect year (construction was delayed)