You all know of my love for the physical structure of my classic Deco baby blue high school in Detroit, Mumford, as well as my dismay that the wrecking ball is hitting it mere months after the concert I’m doing/hosting there THIS Thursday night. One of the MANY reasons the school is near and dear to my heart is also because it was made famous in the film I won a GRAMMY for, Beverly Hills Cop, when Eddie Murphy wore a t-shirt bearing its name throughout the movie.
So it upsets me even more that features like this, all over the school, are about to be nothing more than a pile of crumbled limestone:
One place inside Mumford I loved like no other was the auditorium. Here’s a photo of when I was there last year watching rehearsals for when I conducted the marching band playing a medley of my greatest hits. I was sitting in my favorite seat, Row A, first seat on the middle aisle.
Here was Row A, seat 1 yesterday as wrecking ball syndroome has already hit the school:
Here I am leaving the school:
At least there’s some small concilation for the crime of classic architecture demolition. Now if I could only get that clock!
What a beutiful old school – I love deco stuff- The closest town to my property is called Inissfail – It was blown down in a massive cyclone in 1918 – the whole town was rebuilt deco style. They should save that old clock or give it to you – maybe a midnight raid is in order – though you would need something bigger than a shopping trolly – a shopping lorry (autralian slang for truck) maybe- it would be criminal to destroy it – not to steal it
That clock is really beautiful.
Sad to see such beauty falling victim to a wrecking ball.
Glad you got your seat. I think that was incredible.