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The Michigan Law Quadrangle: Architecture And Origins, Kathryn Horste Jan 1997

The Michigan Law Quadrangle: Architecture And Origins, Kathryn Horste

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The Michigan Law Quadrangle: Architecture and Origins is intended to combine elements of a history and a guidebook. For those students, alumni, and visitors to Ann Arbor who have long admired the sequestered spaces and the noble corridors ofthe Quadrangle, the book is meant to answer some ofthe many questions that come to mind about its historical styles and the significance of its rich decorations, as well as to serve as a ready source book for those encountering the Quadrangle for the first time. Chapters 2 and 3 recount the history of the Quadrangle as a construction project and the ...


The Uses Of Art: Medieval Metaphor In The Michigan Law Quadrangle, Ilene H. Forsyth Jan 1993

The Uses Of Art: Medieval Metaphor In The Michigan Law Quadrangle, Ilene H. Forsyth

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Within the architectural diversity of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus, a campus with a spread and a variety as extended as that of the university community itself, there is a place apart: the Cook Law Quad. The distinct ambiance created by the quad's buildings seems at variance with the melange that marks the rest of the campus where the free growth of the university over a long period of time has resulted in structures of various styles and uneven levels of distinction. Yet the quad's special character is not simply a matter of its architectural unity, as is ...


Architecture Beneath The Surface, Grace Anderson Mar 1982

Architecture Beneath The Surface, Grace Anderson

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Confronted by the need to expand its library, the law school at the University of Michigan and its architect, Gunnar Birkerts, decided to go underground. The decision followed a precedent set by some other universities that, like Michigan, wanted to preserve open space above ground. Early efforts to raise a building on this site were rejected, Birkerts reports, when it became evident that such a structure would hide the Gothic presence of the existing library and impede visual and pedestrian access to the cherished Law Quadrangle formed by the older library and dormitories. Birkerts seized the underground assignment as a ...


The Law Library, Hobart Coffey Jan 1958

The Law Library, Hobart Coffey

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The history of the Law Library dates from the establishment of the Law School in 1859ยท In June of that year, having in mind the Law Department that was to open the following October, the Regents appropriated $2,000 for the purchase of law books. That any books were actually bought before the department opened seems unlikely. It is more probable that the first Law Library was composed of a small collection of about 350 volumes donated by Judge Thomas M. Cooley, and duly accepted by the Regents in October, 1859. This first collection is said to have included ten ...


Extensive Addition To Library Planned, John Fallon Dec 1953

Extensive Addition To Library Planned, John Fallon

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The following day, March 30, 1859, the motion to put the Committee's plan (to found the Law School of the University of Michigan) into operation was taken from the table and passed by the Board of Regents ... At their June meeting the Regents authorized the Law Committee to purchase up to $2000 worth of law books for the new department ... And to the long projected Law Department at last became a reality. From the humble seed planted in 1859, the present Law School was to grow. Ninety five years to the very month later, the tree which grew from ...


The Law Quadrangle Of The University Of Michigan, Hobart Coffey Jan 1932

The Law Quadrangle Of The University Of Michigan, Hobart Coffey

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I have been asked to speak to you today about the Win. W. Cook Legal Research Library at the University of Michigan. Instead of attempting to describe in words our library building I have chosen to show you some slides, to let you see the building for yourself; and I have decided to-show you pictures not only of the Legal Research Building, but also of the other buildings which form part of the Law Quadrangle, and which are all due to the generosity of 'Wm. W. Cook.


World's Finest Educational Building: William W. Cook Legal Research Library Nears Completion As Unit Of Law Quadrangle, The Michigan Alumnus Jan 1931

World's Finest Educational Building: William W. Cook Legal Research Library Nears Completion As Unit Of Law Quadrangle, The Michigan Alumnus

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As the finishing touches are applied, the nearly completed William W. Cook Legal Research Library looms upward impressively from its position at the southern border of the Law Quadrangle.


University Of Have New Legal Research Library: William W. Cook, '80, 82l, Donor Of The Lawyers' Club And Martha Cook Dormitory, Makes Gift, The Michigan Alumnus Jan 1929

University Of Have New Legal Research Library: William W. Cook, '80, 82l, Donor Of The Lawyers' Club And Martha Cook Dormitory, Makes Gift, The Michigan Alumnus

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A beautiful Legal Research Library, to cost approximately $1,750,000, is to be the second phase of the development by William W. Cook, '80, '821, of a Law Quadrangle for the housing of the University's Law School. Announcement of the gift of the Library was made by the Board of Regents at its special meeting January 11.