Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Different Fates

Didn't explore the Law Quad this time, but there have been some recent developments in the way of Ann Arbor's threatened historic buildings.

St. Nicholas

Back of Greek Orthodox Church

Ann Arbor's old St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, long threatened to be torn down and developed for other uses, has been saved.

Condemned

Frieze Building

Meanwhile, the Frieze Building still sits, sadly awaiting its demise. It is scheduled to be torn down this summer to make way for new University of Michigan dormitories. The design, however, incorporates a part of the Frieze Building's fa├žade and the result is actually quite appealing.

Tonight I have read that the historic 1920s-era Anberay Apartments, located on East University, have been bought by a developer from Chicago. The company would demolish the once-protected apartment buildings to make way for a ten-story, $20 million apartment building. If this project is passed by the city, Ann Arbor will lose one of the last things that makes it truly unique.

Friday, January 05, 2007

The Law Quad

The University of Michigan Law Quadrangle was built between 1924 and 1933. It is arguably the most beautiful set of buildings on the U of M campus.

Gargoyle VIII

Doorway

Smug

Ivy and Windows

Gargoyle II

Law Quad Entrance

Gargoyle I

Crazy frills and ivy

Beastie

Gargoyle IV

Windows

I hope to explore the inside of the Law Quad in the coming week, so check back for photographs of that adventure.