Abner Larned Elementary School

Abner Larned Elementary School was built in 1953 to replace a two-room schoolhouse. Abner Larned was an industiralist and civic leader who worked to build and improve roadways throughout the city. The school was designed by Minoru Yamasaki, an architect who designed many of Detroit’s notable modern buildings and later, the World Trade Center in New York City. The school opened in 1954.

Larned closed due to low enrollment in 2005. In 2010 the school was leased by a community center and soup kitchen, which closed between 2016 and 2018.