Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Harris Hall was built in 1886 as a student center to "establish Christian teaching in the midst of a great secular university." Funds were raised from all over the country by Michigan Episcopal Bishop Samuel Harris. As a parish house for St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, the building housed church offices, Sunday school, and social space, but it was largely devoted to the activities of the student Hobart Guild.
Students were encouraged to use the three parlors, reading room, dining room, kitchen, and billiard room. A bowling alley and gymnasium occupied the basement. The thousand-volume library was "free to all who keep good order." Endowed lectures and talks by national and local figures were held in a large assembly hall on the second floor. Harris Hall remained a student religious center well into the 20th century.
Sponsored by Friends of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Student Foundation (Canterbury House)
Erected by Ann Arbor Historical Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicChurches & Religion • Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
Location. 42° 16.878′ N, 83° 44.461′ W. Marker is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is at the intersection of North State Street and East Huron Street, on the left when traveling north on North State Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 617 East Huron Street, Ann Arbor MI 48104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Schools and Churches (here, next to this marker); FUMC's BSA Troop 4 (within shouting distance of this marker); Carnegie Library (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ann Arbor High School (about 300 feet away); The James Foster House of Art (about 600 feet away); Ideation Building (about 700 feet away); Town and Gown: Entertainment and Changing Culture (about 700 feet away); Rackham School of Graduate Studies (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ann Arbor.
Also see . . . Site 11: Wall Display: Harris Hall. Marker on the Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit website. (Submitted on January 25, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 25, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 310 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 25, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 21, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. 5. submitted on January 25, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. 6. submitted on July 22, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.