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Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Campus Patterns of Residential Life

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, July 12, 2018
1. Campus Patterns of Residential Life Marker
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Large, luxurious homes with extensive grounds lined Washtenaw Avenue when UM Librarian Andrew Ten Brook built his mansion across the street in the 1860s. Financial hardship soon required Ten Brook’s wife to open a boarding house, providing meals for students in her home.

Making homes into rooming houses began in 1858, when the university turned its dormitories into classrooms. In 1892 Phi Kappa Psi began the trend to convert Washtenaw’s mansions to fraternities, when it moved into merchant Chauncey Millen’s house at the corner of Hill Street. Phi Delta Theta replaced Ten Brook’s residence in 1903 with a new house designed by Albert Kahn, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon occupied the home of manufacturer George Bullis to your right. Kappa Alpha Theta sorority remodeled the house next door in 1916. A year earlier, private benefactors had funded the first women’s dormitories, Helen Newberry and Martha Cook. By 1941 eight more dormitories had been added for both men and women. Student cooperatives became part of the housing mix in the 1930s during the Depression, with shared housekeeping responsibilities reducing costs.

In 1906
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Students sometimes entertained in their rooming houses. "We often just talked, played cards, or made fudge in the chafing dish."
Ann Arbor’s first apartment house, the Cutting, was built at Monroe and State. The Anberay opened on East University in 1923, the same year the city’s first zoning ordinance limited apartment blocks and rooming houses to areas adjacent to campus. By the end of the century, most houses near campus had been converted to apartments.

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Location. 42° 16.505′ N, 83° 43.91′ W. Marker is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is at the intersection of South University Avenue and Washtenaw Avenue, on the right when traveling west on South University Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1335 South University Avenue, 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. Washtenaw County War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Corners of South University and East University Avenues (approx. 0.2 miles away); Social and Political Change on South University (approx. 0.2 miles away); Engineering at Michigan (approx. ¼ mile away); East University Avenue Campus Boundary (approx. ¼ mile away); The Denison Archway (approx. ¼ mile away); Michigan Summer Symposium in Theoretical Physics (approx. ¼ mile away); First Medical Buildings (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ann Arbor.
 
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Phi Kappa Psi fraternity brothers perch on the pillars in front of their house as Hill and Washtenaw. Formerly Chauncy Millen's mansion.
 Site 16. South University and Washtenaw. Marker on the Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit website. (Submitted on May 28, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. EducationFraternal or Sororal Organizations
 
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Land developers Israel and Olivia Hall's lavish mansion on Washtenaw at North University became a nurse's dormitory before it was replaced by the University Museums Building in 1928.
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The Apostles Club, faculty bachelors who banded together in 1900, first rented a boarding house at 1218 South University, complete with resident landlady as cook. This gave them a position in society without the expense of running a house on a junior faculty salary. Members had great fun at meals around a single table. They hosted large formal dances with lavish "at home" parties. Their bylaws provided for "recreating." Their baseball teams played against such opponents as the "Henpecked Husbands."
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Law Professor Horace Wilgus and his family spend a quiet evening at their home on North University in 1897.
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7. Campus Patterns of Residential Life Marker
Marker is in the grass to the right of the tree.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 28, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 28, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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