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

Rackham School of Graduate Studies

1938

 
 
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By Kevin Vincent, May 14, 2013
1. Rackham School of Graduate Studies Marker
Inscription.  Horace H. and Mary A. Rackham, generous donors to the University of Michigan, established the Rackham Fund in 1933 “for the benefit of humanity.” Feeling that the graduate school offered possibilities of the most far-reaching benefits, the Rackham Fund in 1935 donated substantial funds to endow the graduate school, which had been founded in 1912, as well as funds to construct a building. At the time, it was the largest gift ever given in support of graduate education in the United States. Both the school and the building were named for Horace H. Rackham.

Sited to be the northern terminus of Ingalls Mall, the building was completed in 1938. Designed by William E. Kapp of the Detroit firm of Smith Hinchman and Grylls, in an Art Deco interpretation of the classical style, it was constructed of Indiana limestone on a granite base, and features many decorative and richly colored details on the interior. The exterior features bas reliefs by noted sculptor Corrado Parducci.
 
Erected 2006 by History and Traditions Committee, University of Michigan. (Marker Number 14.)
 
Topics and series.
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By Kevin Vincent, May 14, 2013
2. Salk Vaccine Announcement Marker
This University of Michigan marker is in the interior of the building
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This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEducation. In addition, it is included in the Art Deco series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1933.
 
Location. 42° 16.833′ N, 83° 44.305′ W. Marker is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is on East Washington Street west of Fletcher Street, on the right when traveling west. Located in front of the Rackham Auditorium Building, University of Michigan. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 915 E Washington St, 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. Michigan's First Jewish Cemetery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Governor Alpheus Felch (about 400 feet away); Carnegie Library (about 500 feet away); The University of Michigan Men's Glee Club (about 600 feet away); Ann Arbor High School (about 600 feet away); Schools and Churches (about 700 feet away); Harris Hall (about 800 feet away); Town and Gown: Entertainment and Changing Culture (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ann Arbor.
 
Also see . . .
1. University of Michigan History and Traditions Committee website. (Submitted on May 15, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.)
Rackham School of Graduate Studies Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, May 14, 2013
3. Rackham School of Graduate Studies Marker

2. Horace Rackham School of Graduate Studies. (Submitted on October 9, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
 
Rackham Auditorium Building image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, May 14, 2013
4. Rackham Auditorium Building
Entrance Hall of Building image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, May 14, 2013
5. Entrance Hall of Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 15, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. This page has been viewed 519 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on May 15, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.   2. submitted on June 9, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on May 15, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.   5. submitted on June 9, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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