Ann Arbor's Historic Buildings, Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor's Historic Buildings, Ann Arbor
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The city was founded in the 1820s and centered on the University of Michigan, established here in 1837. Hundreds of splendid buildings made up Ann Arbor’s skyline, many of which are included in the National Register. The university campus was registered as Historic District in 1978. It makes the strolls around this "college town" exciting and enlightening. This self-guided walk contains the oldest and most beautiful and historically significant works of architecture located downtown.

Ann Arbor's Historic Buildings Map

Guide Name: Ann Arbor's Historic Buildings
Guide Location: USA » Ann Arbor (See other walking tours in Ann Arbor)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Author: Sandra
St. Thomas the Apostle Church

1) St. Thomas the Apostle Church

St. Thomas Church facades face North State and Elizabeth Street; the entrance is on Kingsley Street. It is a Roman Catholic Parish church established in 1868. The church was built and dedicated in 1899. This impressive structure with ashlar walls is created in Romanesque architectural style popularized by architect H.H. Richardson on the east coast. This complex structure has a Latin-cross plan, numerous turrets and built-in towers of different shapes, a square dominated bell tower, a...   view more
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

2) St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

The church is situated at the intersection of North Division and Catherine Streets in the historic district of Ann Arbor. The sanctuary of the church was completed in 1869 by the design of architect Gordon W. Lloyd. Over time more structures have been added to it: Page Hall in 1880, square bell tower in 1903, and Parish Hall in 1951. The last building modification was in 2009. Its architecture represents English Gothic style, both inside and out. It has lancet openings and triple lancet windows...   view more
Kempf House

3) Kempf House

This building known as Kempf House was designed by local master Arden Ballard and constructed in the middle of the 19th century in the heart of Ann Arbor. This Greek Revival Style House had been the residence of the Kempf family from 1888 to 1953. The structure features a portico entrance with four square columns supporting the triangular pediment. Now it’s a house-museum furnished with antique Victorian pieces and Kempf family belongings, as well as the city’s first grand piano of 1877. It...   view more
First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor

4) First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor

First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor is located on East Huron Street opposite a multistorey building of the University of Michigan. This English Gothic Revival church with a seating capacity of 750, was planned and constructed in 1880 by efforts of congregation members. The church interior features hammer beams and balconies on each side descending to the front altar. The building became the third location of First Baptist Church, founded in 1828; the church is still in use...   view more
First Unitarian Church

5) First Unitarian Church

This old-looking church sits at the corner of East Huron Street and North State Street in downtown Ann Arbor. First Unitarian Church was built in 1882 according to the project of Donaldson and Meier. The Richardsonian Romanesque structure is a bright example of this architectural style common throughout the eastern United States. It features ashlar walls, cross-gabled roof, massive corner tower with four turrets, arched openings and portico entrances. The building was purchased and reconstructed...   view more
Rackham Graduate School

6) Rackham Graduate School

Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies is located in the area of the University of Michigan Central Campus. Horace H. Rackham, a local attorney, was the initiator of the building's Graduate School that accommodates the Concert Auditorium. This five-storey edifice of Indiana limestone was constructed in 1938. The project was developed by Italian architectural sculptor Corrado Parducci and architect William Kapp. This symmetrical building features rectangular forms and a stepped...   view more
Burton Memorial Tower

7) Burton Memorial Tower

The Burton Memorial Tower is a clock tower located on Central Campus at the University of Michigan. Housing a grand carillon, the tower was built in 1936 as a memorial for University President Marion Leroy Burton. The grand carillon, one of only 23 in the world, is the world’s fourth heaviest, containing 55 bells and weighing a total of 43 tons.

The monument was constructed in 1935 and finished in 1936. It stands at 10 floors. It is located at the University of Michigan campus, and is used...   view more
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Hill Auditorium

8) Hill Auditorium

Hill Auditorium is a magnificent building located in the University of Michigan Central Campus at the crossing of North University and South Thayer Streets. The building was developed by well-known architectural firm Kahn and Wilby in 1913. It’s the performing arts stage for the university with a capacity of about 3,500, famous for its acoustical engineering created by Hugh Tallant. The most attractive exterior structure is the entrance, equipped with a mosaic flatdeck. The Renaissance whitish...   view more
Angell Hall & the Diag

9) Angell Hall & the Diag

Angell Hall is the western annex of a four-building complex that belongs to the University of Michigan Central Campus. It was built in the 1920s. It is one of the major buildings on campus. Angell Hall is a 150m long symmetrical structure with a prominent central part and two wings. This 4-storey building with a basement and an attic floor is known for the astronomical observatory housed on the upper floor (1927) equipped with high-end telescopes. This remarkable building is part of the...   view more
Hutchins Hall & Quadrangle

10) Hutchins Hall & Quadrangle

Hutchins Hall is the grand Gothic castle-looking building located in Quadrangle that is the complex of buildings standing along the perimeter of the block within the University of Michigan campus on South University Street. Quadrangle was developed at the beginning of the 20th century. Four of these buildings house administration and education offices of the Law School with headquarters in Hutchins Hall. The Quad represents an existing courtyard with trees and flower beds. Hutchins Hall of 1933,...   view more


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