National Trust for Historic Preservation

For decades Fireman's Fund and National Trust Insurance Services, as part of the National Trust, have insured historic properties from the Newport Mansions to the restored Victorian in your town. Together we are sponsoring the This Place Matters campaign to highlight the important role that historic buildings and properties play in preserving our national heritage as well as in preserving our environment.

There is no better way to protect places that matter than with proper insurance coverage.

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The Detroit Waldorf School

The Detroit Waldorf School is a place that matters because we are committed to using our historic building as a gathering place to bring people of all different backgrounds and ages together to learn, play, and revitalize our community.
The main entrance to the Detroit Waldorf School, located in the section of the building that dates to 1923.

We embrace an educational methodology that draws tremendously from the natural world and an appreciation of beautiful surroundings, making this inviting structure the perfect "home" for our school.  Visitors frequently comment on the warmth and love one feels upon entering the building. This is due "in great part" to Kahn's efforts to design a school suited to the smaller scale of young children and a design aesthetic that evokes the warmth of a residence.  There is important synergy between the inviting nature of the building and Detroit Waldorf School's intent to be accessible to as many people, from as many diverse walks of life, as possible. Interestingly, our building and the Waldorf educational system were being designed at roughly the same time. While not intentionally built to house a Waldorf school, the building nevertheless is suited perfectly for use as a Waldorf school.

The Detroit Waldorf School is one of only two schools among the mostly residential properties that comprise the Indian Village Historic District. During the early 20th century, it was accessible to families who were building magnificent homes in the area.  Throughout more difficult decades in Detroit's history the school has been a literal "anchor" for the Indian Village community, ensuring that the neighborhood has continued to be a desirable place to live for more than 350 households.

While building was originally designed to serve the children of some of Detroit's wealthiest families, today the school seeks to serve the broadest possible audiences.  Sixty percent of our students receive tuition aid and our school's families include people of all colors and religious backgrounds from both urban and suburban neighborhoods.

Through a full range of public programs, our school is increasingly relevant in the context of revitalization efforts in Detroit's East Village neighborhoods.  We are an active partner in broader community efforts using even our own school fundraising events to draw attention to and benefit other local nonprofits that serve the hungry and homeless in our area.   And, an annual roster of outreach programs reaches over 700 adult and youth participants from around metropolitan Detroit with film screenings, lectures, hands-on workshops, parent-child classes, community service activities, and other offerings that support lifelong learning and a sense of community.

The Detroit Waldorf School is a place that matters because it connects our school and neighborhood to local history and generates optimism for the future among the broader Detroit community.

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