Ann Arbor News, April 13, 1937
THIS STAIRWAY INVITES TRAGEDY: The narrow stairway pictured, with wooden treads, wooden wainscoting, and a sharp bend, is the only regular means of egress from the two top floors of the old building at the Michigan Home and Training School where 100 girls sleep. There is a tubular slide fire-escape on the outside of the building, but one is appalled at the thought of what might happen should a fire burst forth at night, particularly when one reflects that these lively, eager children are all less than 11 years of mental age, and liable to become easily confused. Safety from fire hazards in seven old "original" buildings is an outstanding need at Lapeer.
This is part of a series of photographs taken at Lapeer State Home and Training School in Lapeer, Michigan, and the Michigan State Hospital for Epileptics at Wahljamega, Michigan, on March 23-24, 1937.