Dear Parents

Early reports indicate enrollment has increased, however we are experiencing some problems: student tardiness and failure of students to complete assignments… [paraphrased letter to parents c. 1992] #Detroit

Cranfield House

Sometimes you are in just the right place with a camera and at other times you have your camera and the door of an abandoned house is unlocked.

Cranfield House was was built some time between 1902 & 1913 (the records are murky), and was once the ornate home of William Harris, the founder of W. Harris and Co. that made fertilizers and glues from animal carcasses and the factory was in part “staffed” by inmates of Toronto’s Don Jail. In 1930 the house was sold to the Salvation Army and became Bethany House, a home for pregnant teenagers. In 2013, Cranfield House was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act and is as of writing undergoing modest renovations to be retrofitted for condominium use.

 

Brick Canvas, Clothcraft, OH

The Joseph & Feiss Company was located in Cleveland, Ohio and is the oldest manufacturer of tailored apparel for men in the United States. The company was founded in 1841 as the Koch, Kauffman & Loeb General Store in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

At it’s peak the company sold over 200,000 of it’s Clothcraft label $15 blue serge No. 5130 “Model T” suits a year.

In 1989, Joseph & Feiss and its 46 apparel speciality stores were acquired by Hugo Boss and shortly thereafter production was moved to Brooklyn.

In 1998 Ameri-Con Homes acquired the former facility and announced condominiums would be built. In 2006 fire destroyed the initial townhome frameworks and then developers bank foreclosed. The property failed to sell at a Sheriff’s sale and was eventually split and sold at private auction.

In 2011 Ohio awarded $1 million in preservation tax towards rehabilitating the remaining structure into 62 market-rate apartments. To date nothing has started.

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