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U. Hall: 1900

U. Hall: 1900

Circa 1900. "University Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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A work in progress

University Hall united two classroom buildings that predated the Civil War - South College (1848) on the right, and the original Mason Hall (1840) on the left - through the construction in 1871-72 of a centerpiece featuring a grand auditorium. A tower-like dome (surrounded by several shorter peaks) originally sprouted from that centerpiece, but fears about its great weight led the University to replace it with a much more modest dome, shown in this picture, in 1896. In the 1920s the University erected Angell Hall directly in front of University Hall. Old and new co-existed until 1950, as depicted in this helpful map. That year, University Hall was demolished. A new Mason hall (and new Haven Hall) rose in its place.

Many changes made over the years

This particular hall has had many looks; here is a sampling:

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