Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Harlan Hatcher Library

Another of the Kahn designed buildings on the University of Michigan campus is the Harlan Hatcher library (well at least part of it).

In 1915, the University's old library was declared unsafe due to the materials used in the construction of the roof and frame. The General Library (as it was known as at the time) was built from 1916 to 1920 using funds allocated from the State.

The building was designed by Albert Kahn with consultations with the Head Librarian at the time. It was roughly modelled on the libraries used at Harvard and the University of California. It is a four story building.

Like many of the other Kahn buildings there are some interesting details on the building.

I never really noticed this sign before, but I like the friezes around the wording.

Another of the details. Sadly, the weather hasn't been as kind to these as some of the other buildings.

In 1971, an 8 story library was built and connected to this building. The collective buildings are now called the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library. One of these days, I'll take pictures of the other part.


BlueDragon said...

I never noticed the Library sign before. The symbols around it look like Zodiac signs.

Mikoyan said...

It's amazing what you will notice when you are actually looking at stuff. I don't know how many times I have passed by the building and never really paid attention to the little details.

Anonymous said...

You should photograph the interiors. Kahn made some amazing spaces in his buildings. This one and Rackham especially.

Mikoyan said...

I've been in Rackham before, yes it is pretty nice. Maybe some weekend when I have more time, I will do that.

Anonymous said...

How about a photo of the old Hoover Mansion, now a building owned by a banking company. It is out on Washtenaw. You go up a large driveway that used to be circular. It is about a half mile from Hill St. on the left side of Washtenaw going out of town. Used to be the Tau Delta Phi Fraternity House when I was i School from 56-63. Dr. Steve