University Towers


University Towers

South University Avenue looking northeast from Church Street, 1964.

University Towers (under construction above right) was completed in 1965. At eighteen stories, it was then the tallest building in town. The Food Mart, seen in the photo, had opened on this corner the year before in MacGregor's building. It supplied groceries for the neighborhood for twenty years.

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West engineering building in 1919


West engineering building in 1919

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Martha Cook dormitory in 1919


Martha Cook dormitory in 1919

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JFK on the steps of the UM Union


JFK on the steps of the UM Union

Candidate John F. Kennedy on the steps of the University of Michigan Union

Frame location: State Street

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UM Union crowd


UM Union crowd

Thousands of University of Michigan students waited for hours in front of the Union to see John F. Kennedy.

Frame location: State Street

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Chemical Laboratory, 1870s


Chemical Laboratory, 1870s

Students at work in the laboratory, 1887.

Frame location: West side of State Street north of the walk on the north side of the Michigan Union, facing east

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Chemical Laboratory, 1870s


Chemical Laboratory, 1870s

Built in 1856 at the request of President Tappan, the "chemical laboratory for analytical courses" was one of the first in the world devoted exclusively to laboratory instruction in chemistry. Originally only three rooms, it was expanded many times, and provided 135 lab benches by 1868. After a new chemistry building was erected in 1909, the economics department occupied the old building until it was destroyed by fire in 1981.

Frame location: West side of State Street north of the walk on the north side of the Michigan Union, facing east

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Engineering Laboratory


Engineering Laboratory

Engineering classes had been taught in the literary department beginning in 1853. This laboratory, begun in 1885, was expanded several times, providing drawing rooms, testing machines, steam engines, and a 70 foot tower with a water tank for hydraulic work. A separate college by 1895, engineering dominated the southeast corner of campus for a century. The laboratory itself was replaced by the undergraduate library in 1956.

Frame location: West side of State Street north of the walk on the north side of the Michigan Union, facing east

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Campus as later recalled by a member of the class of 1849


Campus as later recalled by a member of the class of 1849

Campus from state and north university at the end of Tappan's presidency, 1863. Note the stile on the fence at left.

Frame location: West side of State Street north of the walk on the north side of the Michigan Union, facing east

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Medical Building


Medical Building

The medical department began in 1850 in this Greek revival building on east University. A pioneer in medical education, it contained laboratories, lecture rooms, and a large amphitheater for dissection when cadavers were available. The four story wing at the rear was added in 1864. The building was replaced by Randall physics laboratory in 1914.

Frame location: West side of State Street north of the walk on the north side of the Michigan Union, facing east

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