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Wayne State University To Move 19th-Century Detroit House

David Mackenzie House
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Wayne State University plans to move the 19th-century Detroit home of its founder to make way for a campus development project.

Matt Lockwood, Wayne State's director of communications, says February's move of David Mackenzie's former home will make room for an expansion and renovation to the neighboring Hilberry Theatre.

The Detroit News reports that the $65 million project will convert the Hilberry into a complex for theater, music, dance and arts-related events.

Harry Wyatt, Wayne State's associate vice president for facilities planning and management, says the 1895 Queen Anne-style home will be moved around the block to property currently occupied by a parking lot. He says the new location still is near "the main part of the historic part of Wayne State."

The house is part of a historic district.

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