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The book The Renaissance of the Wayne County Building, by Suzy Farbman and James P. Gallagher however asserts that the obscenity case against the play "The Captive" came before Wayne County Circuit Court on June 18, 1928, and was defended by Clarence Darrow (I have found other inaccuracies in that book, so take it with a grain of salt).
I slunk through a darkened corridor into this room:
Wayne County had a population of 1,982,479 and was at that time “in better financial condition than any comparable fiscal unit in the United States…During the last twenty years, the assessed valuation of Wayne County has increased more than 1,000% from $409,817,738 in 1909 to $4,615,771,335 in 1929.” It had a margin of solvency (between its bond limit, and net indebtedness and contingent liabilities) of about +$119 million.
|From WSU’s Virtual Motor City Archives|
Wayne County Manual, 1926 and 1930.
How Detroit Became the Automotive Capital, by Robert Szudarek
The Renaissance of the Wayne County Building, by Suzy Farbman and James P. Gallagher
American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture, by Eric Hill and John Gallagher
Buildings of Michigan, by Kathryn Bishop Eckert
The Sandstone Architecture of the Lake Superior Region, by Kathryn Bishop Eckert
The Buildings of Detroit, W. Hawkins Ferry