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Lake Superior State University (New Fort Brady)
A former military post found renewed life as an educational institution after World War II, first for Michigan College of Mining and Technology (now Michigan Technological University) and currently for Lake Superior State University. Fort Brady was authorized by Congress in 1886. The secretary of war sold Old Fort Brady on St. Mary's River, purchased this site on higher ground for better protection of the Soo Locks, and assigned Quartermaster George S. Hoyt to build a full four-company post in which to garrison the troops. After World War II, officers' quarters became faculty housing; soldiers' barracks became student housing; and the headquarters buildings converted to college offices. Today the artillery site is the location of married student housing, and the parade ground the site of Kenneth J. Shouldice Library (1971). The new Fine and Performing Arts Center (2003–2005, TPI), a near replication of the Detroit Country Day School's Seligman Family Performing Arts Center (2000) in Beverly Hills, opened with theater, gallery, classrooms, and studios. It enhances the cultural life of the eastern Upper Peninsula and northern Ontario as well as the university.
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