Michigan's First Capitol/Capitol Union School

Michigan's First Capitol/Capitol Union School (HM1Q2G)

Location: Detroit, MI 48226 Wayne County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 19.964', W 83° 2.966'

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Michigan's First Capitol

At noon on September 22, 1823, citizens and dignitaries joined a Masonic procession to place the cornerstone for the capitol of the Michigan Territory on this site. The red brick building, designed by Obed Walt, had "a lofty Portico, consisting of six columns of the Ionic order" and a 140-foot tower. The Legislative Council opened its first session in the completed building on May 5, 1828. Here Michigan's leaders fought for statehood and drafted their first constitution. Though Michigan did not formally achieve statehood until January 26, 1837, it inaugurated Stevens T. Mason as its first state governor on November 3, 1835, and the building became Michigan's first state capitol.

Capitol Union School

Michigan made Lansing its capital city in 1847. The next year the Detroit School Board turned the building on this site that had served as Michigan's first capitol into classrooms. The high school, which the city started with twenty-three male students in 1858, moved to the second floor of what was by then called Capitol Union School in 1863. In 1870, the board added four rooms onto the back of the building. Part of the addition briefly housed the public library. In 1875, the front of the old capitol disappeared behind a three-story addition and a mansard roof. The board already had plans to build Central High School on Cass Avenue when before dawn on January 27, 1893, fire consumed Capitol Union School.
HM NumberHM1Q2G
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker NumberS074
Year Placed2010
Placed ByMichigan Historical Commission-Michigan Historical Center
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 331154 N 4688754
Decimal Degrees42.33273333, -83.04943333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 19.964', W 83° 2.966'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 19' 57.84" N, 83° 2' 57.96" W
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Area Code(s)313, 586, 734, 248
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 150 State St, Detroit MI 48226, US
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