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Masks and Ships: Architectural Detail, Christopher Columbus School--Detroit MI

Since the school is named after Columbus, we can reasonably expect architectural detail that relates to his historic voyages, and we are not disappointed on that score. At the top of this stonework above windows is a group of masks, which probably relate to Native American culture. Below is a series of stone carvings depicting ships sailing on storm-tossed waters, an allusion to the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria.


J Ivan Dise is the architect of Christopher Columbus School, and the stonework has been speculated as the work of Corrado Parducci.

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Taken in May 2012