CAPS HAS TEMPORARILY MOVED! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
CAPS has moved temporarily so renovations of our Student Center space can take place. We have relocated to the Thompson Home, located at 4756 Cass Ave, across from the Hilberry Theater, near Old Main. IF YOU NEED HANDICAP ACCESS TO THE BUILDING, PLEASE CALL AHEAD TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS.
We will return to our home in the Student Center Building in August of 2016. Thank you in advance for your patience, and we do apologize for any inconvenience. We will keep the same phone number throughout (313-577-3398).
A little history of this historic building thanks to Wikipedia:
David Thompson, a wealthy Detroit businessman, died in the early 1870s, leaving his estate to his wife Mary with instructions to establish a charitable institution.In 1874, Mary Thompson allocated $10,000 to build a home for aged women. However, construction did not start until nearly ten years later when land was purchased and Mary commissioned George D. Mason of the firm Mason & Rice to design the home.
Mason designed a four-story home measuring 60 by 90 feet with private rooms for forty women. For a number of years, the Thompson Home was a prestigious retirement home for wealthy widows. Sun rooms were added to the original structure in 1914, living quarters for the staff were added in the 1950s, and a five-bed infirmary was constructed in 1964.However, the number of residents declined in the 1960s and 1970s, and the home closed in 1977. Wayne State University bought the building and remodeled it, and in 1980 WSU's School of Social Work was installed in the building. In 2015, the School of Social Work relocated.