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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Michigan Normal: 1902

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Michigan Normal: 1902

Ypsilanti, Michigan, circa 1902. "Starkweather Hall, Students' Christian Association, Michigan State Normal College." Not far from the Ypsi Water Tower. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Still there

I like buildings that are built to last. This one still exists on the campus of Eastern Michigan University per Google Maps. It is adjacent to McKenny Hall and sits north of West Cross Ave - along the southern border of the campus.

Glorious

What a great tower. The overall design has a "Harry Potter" quality to it. I hope it still stands.

Erected 1896

Who says Victorians were prim and proper? I'd say, judging by this 1890s Victorian edifice, courtesy of architects Malcomson and Higginbotham, that they were rather a frisky lot.

Normal After All

Come to find out, Yipsilanti was named after a Greek princess.

 
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