In the Alumni Center, Jacobsen of Washington, D.C., created a dramatic, but friendly, building that respects its neighbors. First, a diagonal tunnel pierced through the L-shaped building preserves the footpath trod by students taking a shortcut from Fletcher Street to Burton Tower, across the previously vacant site. Second, the scale of the building and the abstraction of Collegiate Gothic forms, elements, and materials—gables, projecting bays, buttresses, tall chimneys, and brick with limestone banding—respond to one of its neighbors, the Women's League Building (see WA7). This Postmodern design is among the best in Michigan.
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