Art Center Music School, Detroit.
I wanted to upload some photos from here to several different collabs, but thought it might make organizational sense to put them all in an album too.
The Art Center Music School used to be a funeral home, and it's where Houdini's funeral was, apparently. Maybe that detail adds to the spookiness of these photos, but the spookiness really comes from a building in dire need of restoration, and most of the lights off.
Nonetheless, sometimes the place is hopping, with students and teachers coming and going, or at recitals. When I was still in town (prior to '05), and on this visit back in '06 or '07, it was being managed by the 90-something Juanita Hammond, a force to be reckoned with! But also a wonderful woman of faith who was lots of fun to have a conversation with. This building is in Detroit's infamous Cass Corridor.
It's not a degree-granting school; people of all ages simply take vocal and instrumental music lessons there.