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Alumni Center

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1982, Hugh Newell Jacobsen; Charles Parker, project architect. 200 Fletcher St.
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

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.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Alumni Center", [Ann Arbor, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 145-145.

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