Highland Park Municipal Building/Courthouse

//Highland Park Municipal Building/Courthouse
Highland Park Municipal Building/Courthouse 2015-08-29T15:25:32+00:00

Project Description

The Highland Park Municipal Building, also referred to a the Highland Park Courthouse, was built in 1927.  The Highland Park Municipal Building was located at 30 Gerald Street, near the corner of Woodward Avenue, in downtown Highland Park, Michigan.  The Highland Park Municipal Building was designed in Classical Revival architectural style by the Detroit-based architects, Marcus R. Burrowes and Frank Eurich.  The Highland Park Municipal Building was a brick, two-story, U-shaped structure, with limestone details.  The exterior of the building was ornate.  It was fitted with a terra cotta cornice and featured a limestone crown, consisting of intricate lion-heads and stone dentals, that went all the way around the building.  The front, main entrance into the building had a limestone, columned-border, with a circular shield at the top, reading the letters “HP” for Highland Park.  The interior of the building featured beautiful terrazzo flooring and gorgeous marble details throughout.

Before the “new” Highland Park Municipal Building was built in 1927, the building was actually housed in the Highland Park Fire Department Headquarters.  When the municipal building was built, the former structure was renovated and became the Highland Park Fire Department Headquarters.  The Highland Park Municipal Building served the residents of  Highland Park, Michigan with civic duties, legal services, and city information.  The building also had multiple courtrooms, city planning offices, and an “overflow” evidence room.  The Highland Park Municipal Building was forced to close 2001 due to budget constraints, bankruptcy, and the Emergency Financial Manager’s discretions.  Highland Park’s courts and offices were moved to a newer building, the Robert Blackwell Municipal Building, on Woodward Avenue.

The Highland Park Municipal Building was located in the same complex as the Highland Park Police Headquarters and the Highland Park Fire Department Headquarters.  The City of Highland Park is a suburb of Detroit, that is surrounded by Detroit, basically making it an extension of Detroit.  Highland Park has suffered from the exact same epidemics as Detroit, such as bankruptcy, corruption, and abandonment.

As of 2015, the Highland Park Municipal Building still sits abandoned.  The building sat wide-open for a number of years and it certainly shows.  Vandalism and theft have degraded the building’s fixtures, furnishings, and it’s historic architectural details.  Now, the new Highland Park fire station keeps a close-eye on the abandoned structure, as it sits directly across the street.  There are no current plans for demolition or redevelopment.

 

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