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August 22, 2017

4 Must-See venues on University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor

Posted by: Martha Cleary

4 Must-See venues on University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor

 4 Must-See venues on University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor

The buildings on the University of Michigan campus all have a story to tell. From the gem of an idea to completion, it involved planning, persistence and of course many dollars to make them a reality.

The four buildings here were all created by top architects of the day, including Detroit's Albert Kahn. They are interesting from an architectural point of view and the planned use.

Whether you are visiting Ann Arbor or coming for the University of Michigan Campus, take the time to explore these interesting venues and learn how they are used today.

The campus is only a 20 minute drive from our Ypsilanti bed and breakfast.on local roads. As out guest, you'll find out  information only the locals know. Make your plans and then book your room on line, or call 734-480-4800 or email  chris@parishhouseinn.



Hill Auditorium

Hill Auditorium

It is used by the University Musical Society to bring world class performers to Ann Arbor. The superb acoustics allow audiences to hear the softest high notes to the most thunderous climaxes. Hill Auditorium is known and loved by music lovers throughout the world. Find out more...

In 1904,  Regent Arthur Hill became interested in a project to build a space for performances and convocations that had been in the works for many years. In 1910, in his will he stated that  $200,000 be donated toward construction of the building which would be named in his honor.

The hall was designed by the Detroit firm of Albert Kahn and completed in 1913 at a cost of $282,000. Hill stated that it was to be used for "the gathering of the students and college body, and their friends, on large occasions such as graduating exercises and musical festivals." Learn more about the building...



Rackham Hall

Rackham School of Graduate Studies

The building was completed in June 1938. It's made of Indiana limestone, with window and door frames of bronze, and a  copper roof. The first floor houses a lecture hall, administrative offices, and a study hall with twelve-foot wainscot of Appalachian oak. Learn more about the history..

Perhaps the most original use of the building for the performing arts occurred in 1976, when a master's student in the School of Dance choreographed a thesis presentation. It was performed on the large terrace of the top floor while the  Burton Tower carillon provided the music. A spectacular view of the rooftops of downtown Ann Arbor can be seen from this terrace.

Today Rackham School of Graduate studies supports all graduate students. Find out more...

Um Art Museum

University of Michigan Art Museum

The idea to honor those University men who had fallen in the civil war, was the beginning for an Alumni Memorial Hall on the University of Michigan campus. The project began in 1864, but the idea was dropped until June of 1903, when a discussion for a University Alumni Hall began. Learn  more about the interesting history of this building.

It is the home and the headquarters of the Alumni Association, the Michigan Alumnus, the Museum of Art and the Alumni Catalog Office.

Find out more about the exhibits and events and all the interesting and education resources.


Burton Tower

Burton Memorial Tower

This clock tower is located on the University of Michigan campus and  was built in 1936 as a memorial for University President Marion Leroy Burton (presidency: 1920–1925).It was designed by Albert Kahn, who also designed the William L. Clements Library, Angell Hall, and Hill Auditorium.

The signature feature of the Burton Memorial Tower is the Charles Baird Carillon, the world's fourth-heaviest, containing 53 bells and weighing a total of 43 tons. When you hear the music it plays, you just have to stop and listen to the beautiful sound.

There are classrooms for the University of Michigan's school of music, and offices for the department of musicology and ethnomusicology. Learn more ...


By Chris Mason

Chef/innkeeper at the Parish House inn bed and breakfast for 24 years and author of her cook book Chris Mason

"7 Recipes to get You Out of bed For Breakfast Every Morning"

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