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Carptrash
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Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 2:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

In 1926 SH&G employed CP to decorate the George Harrison Phelps (no relationship, as far as I can tell to George Harrison Beatle, but you never know) building at 2761 E. Jefferson. CP created one of his more memorable pieces, "the Crier" to acknowledges Phelps prowess as an advertising executive. Everyone knows this. Here is the question. Right next door is a big blond brick building with three fascinating figures featured at the skyline. What is that building? Who did it? When? Why? etc. Was it a part of the Phelps commission or just happened to be right next door? One figure (see image) appears to be operating a printing press, so was this Phelps print shop? Any insights, ideas, theories, postulates, conjectures, views, opinions are welcome.

Well, almost any. eeeeeeeeeeeeek
one of three figures


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Mikem
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Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 4:17 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I believe it is The Jefferson Building. That's all I know. I'm away from my resources, but I'll look for more information this evening.
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Carptrash
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Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 4:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm not leaving my chair 'till then. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEking loudly all the while.
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Jams
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Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 4:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Former Detroit headquarters of Ross Roy Advertising Agency.

Currently filled with Wayne State Psychiatry offices and treatment center.
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Mikem
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Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 5:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)


Detroit Press Building - 2751 E Jefferson


Well, it was the Jefferson Building at one time, but before that, it was called the Detroit Press Building. Maybe someone is confusing this with the Free Press building?

Occupants in 1935:

United Chromium
Ster-L Way Inc, toilet preparation mfrs
P-X Products, chemists





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Carptrash
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Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 5:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Dude, you ROCK. That's the one. I have that building as being "Detroit Press Building G. D. Mason Detroit 1929 1488 [2751] East Jefferson" but I could not get the addresses to jive with the Phelps Building. So, what are the correct addresses? Life is sweet and I owe you (again).

I was going to offer Mouser this for his work on the Fisher and I'll send you a copy, if you are interested. eeeeeeeeeeeeeek


fisher essay
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Mikem
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Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 9:01 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The correct address is 2751. There also was a 2759 tucked between it and the Phelps building. I assume the right side of the Press building had a set of doors similar to the ones on the left, and that it was numbered 2759. The occupant was Aaron Adissian, rugs. Persian carpet dealer?

Thanks for offering the essay. Will you be sending it email or the old fashioned way?
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Carptrash
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Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 9:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Can send it either way. Though at this point I have neither in hand, so send me your choice to eeklon at yahoo dot commercial. eeek

What do you have as an address for the Phelps Bldg? I have 2761. eeek eeek

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Mikem
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Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 9:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yes, it is 2761.

I recently found these photos of the Phelps Building taken by my brother, an aspiring architect, sometime in the mid-1960s (before Jos Campau was closed off). He can't remember why.























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Carptrash
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Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 10:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What a great set - and no doubt about the address now. The corner figure of the Crier and the carved capitols in the arch can all be seen. eeeek

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