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The Nellie Leland School for Crippled Children on 1395 Antietam St. dates back to 1918. The school attracted wide attention because of its unusual design features including ramps from the main to the third floor. The school operated until 1981. The property was purchased in the mid 1980s by Stroh Properties, Inc. Developer Joel Landy, who will be renovating the building for use as lofts. A bronze tablet once hung on the outside wall of the Leland School. Placed there in 1925 by the Daughters of the G.A.R., it marked the site as the former location of Detroit Barracks from 1830 to 1866. Lieutenant U.S. Grant commanded from 1849 to 1851, and the post served as a military recruiting station during the Civil War.

Friday, February 7, 2003