Jefferson Intermediate School

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Jefferson Intermediate School
Location 938 Selden Street
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°20′47″N 83°04′07″W / 42.3465°N 83.0685°W / 42.3465; -83.0685Coordinates: 42°20′47″N 83°04′07″W / 42.3465°N 83.0685°W / 42.3465; -83.0685
Built 1922
Architect Malcomson, Higginbotham, & Palmer
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Tudor Revival
MPS Cass Farm MPS
NRHP Reference # 97001094[1]
Added to NRHP September 22, 1997

The Jefferson Intermediate School is a school building located at 938 Selden Street in Detroit, Michigan. It is also known as Jefferson Junior High School or Jefferson School. The school was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.[1] Since 2013, the school has been occupied by Experiencia Preparatory Academy a school that serves children in grades K - 11th.


Entrance to Jefferson Intermediate School

The site on which the Jefferson School sits was purchased by the city of Detroit in 1869, and an elementary school was built on the property in 1873 at a cost of $60,000.[2] In 1915, additional lots to the west were purchased for a playground. However, the old school was considered dilapidated, and in 1922, the city tore it down and began construction of the building now occupying the site.[2] The structure, designed by Malcomson, Higginbotham, & Palmer, was completed in 1923.

During the 1950s, the Lodge Freeway was constructed, running directly to the west of the school through what was once the playground. As of 2008, the building has been rehabilitated and now serves as a public charter school.[2]


  1. ^ a b Staff (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c Jefferson Intermediate School from the city of Detroit